Rick Karr

Public Broadcaster and Regular Contributor to NPR and PBS

Rick Karr's work as a public broadcaster examines the effects that technology and infrastructure have on culture and the way we live. He's explained why European broadband is faster and cheaper than ours for PBS' Need to Know, explored transportation issues for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, covered copyright law for NOW with Bill Moyers, and examined stem-cell research for the PBS-Wall Street Journal collaboration Journal Editorial Report.

Karr spent more than a decade as a correspondent and host for NPR. From 1999–2004, he was the network's lead arts correspondent in New York, where he reported on the ways in which digital technology and copyright law were changing the business and aesthetics of music and film. Prior to that, he hosted the groundbreaking NPR weekend music and culture magazine show Anthem, and even earlier in his career worked as a general assignment reporter at the network's Chicago bureau.

He's been a regular contributor to NPR's On the Media and the popular technology site Engadget. Rick was nominated for an Emmy for his 2006 PBS documentary Net @ Risk, which made the case that the U.S. is falling far behind other nations with regard to the speed and power of its Internet infrastructure. He's currently developing several public radio and television series.

Karr teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and studied at Purdue University and the London School of Economics. He is a member of the songwriters' collective Box Set Authentic and the band Treppenverter. He lives in Brooklyn.

Twitter handle: 
@rickgkarr

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