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's magazine show Need to Know (where he's a regular correspondent), 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 National Public Radio. From 1999 to 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 the popular technology site Engadget and will be a regular on startup tech site The Verge starting this fall.
Rick was nominated for an Emmy award 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. He teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and studied at Purdue University and the London School of Economics.
Karr is a member of the songwriters' collective Box Set Authentic and the band
Treppenverter. He lives in Brooklyn.