Nico Perrino

About Nico Perrino

Nico graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington (IU) in 2012 with a B.A. in journalism and history. While at IU, Nico was a member of the track & field team and served as editor-in-chief for the Indiana Standard and as a reporter and columnist for the Indiana Daily Student. Nico’s on-campus activism in defense of student and faculty rights led to a second-place finish in FIRE’s 2011 Incentive Program and induction into FIRE’s Prometheus Society. He was also a winner of 1 for All and the Knight Foundation‘s 2011 “Free to Tweet” contest.

Nico first joined FIRE in 2012 as a Program Associate and Assistant to the President, later serving as a Communications Coordinator. In 2014, Nico went to work for the Institute for Justice, before returning to FIRE in 2015 to manage its communications team.

Originally from the Chicagoland area, Nico lives in Arlington, Va. and works out of FIRE’s Washington D.C. office. In his spare time, Nico enjoys playing guitar, studying history, and pretending he is Jimmy Buffett.


  • Yale Faculty Resign From Residential College Roles; Concerns about Free Speech Remain, May 26, 2016

  • ‘So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast’: Glenn Greenwald on ‘Defending My Enemy’, May 19, 2016

  • Marquette Continues to Earn ‘Worst School’ for Free Speech Label With New Punishments for McAdams, March 25, 2016

  • Berkeley Student Protesters Rush Stage at Event Hosted by Metallica Drummer, Allegedly Assault Panelist (VIDEO), March 16, 2016

  • Conor Friedersdorf for ‘The Atlantic’: Free Speech Advocates Not At Odds with Campus Protesters, March 14, 2016

  • Screen ‘Can We Take a Joke?’ on Your Campus for One Week Only in April—Apply Today!, March 8, 2016

  • President Obama: ‘Feel Free to Disagree With Somebody, But Don’t Try to Just Shut Them Up’, December 21, 2015

  • Yale Faculty Defend Freedom of Speech, Express Support for Christakises in Open Letter, November 30, 2015

  • ‘Censored in America’: ‘Fox News’ Special to Report on Dixie State Lawsuit, October 9, 2015

  • ‘Can We Take a Joke?’ New FIRE-Supported Film Examines Collision Between Comedy and Outrage, June 25, 2015