Nico Perrino

About Nico Perrino

Nico graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington (IU) in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree 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 and works in New York City. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, studying history, and pretending he is Jimmy Buffett. Nico is the host of FIRE’s So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast.


  • FIRE’s Robert Shibley in ‘Wall Street Journal’: Time to Reform the Kangaroo Courts on Campus, December 28, 2016

  • ‘So to Speak’ Podcast: ACLU National Legal Director David Cole, December 15, 2016

  • ‘So to Speak’ Podcast: The First Amendment Career of Martin Garbus, December 1, 2016

  • ‘So to Speak’ Podcast: Denying the Holocaust, November 17, 2016

  • ‘So to Speak’ Podcast: NYU Professor Stephen Solomon’s ‘Revolutionary Dissent’, November 3, 2016

  • ‘So to Speak’ Podcast: Brendan O’Neill on the Fight for Free Speech Overseas, October 20, 2016

  • ‘So to Speak’ Podcast: The Strange and Terrific Saga of Flying Dog Brewery, October 6, 2016

  • ‘So to Speak’ Podcast: ‘Twisting Title IX’, September 22, 2016

  • ‘So to Speak’ Podcast: Jason Riley on Being ‘Disinvited’ from Campus, September 8, 2016

  • ‘So to Speak’ Podcast: Alice Dreger on Academic Freedom, August 25, 2016