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About Rick Karr
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Rick Karr is a public-broadcast journalist whose reporting examines the effects of technological change on culture and the way we live — and how government regulations influence those effects.

Most recently, Karr has profiled New York City’s startup entrepreneurs and hackers for his hit local public TV show NYC 2.0. He’s also examined the complex relationship that technologists have with U.S. immigration policy for PBS’s Need to Know.

Rick was nominated for an Emmy Award for his 2006 PBS documentary The 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 updated that reporting in 2011, explaining why European broadband is cheaper and more powerful for the PBS newsmagazine Need to Know as well as the popular technology website Engadget.

While he was National Public Radio‘s senior cultural correspondent in New York, he covered the battle for the future of the music industry: armies of hackers who envisioned new models for music distribution arrayed against armies of lawyers who represented multinational media conglomerates. That reporting culminated in his Morning Edition series TechnoPop: The Secret History of Technology and Popular Music, which remains a staple in high school and college classrooms.

Along the way, he’s reported on how Big Pharma gins up demand for new drugs for Need to Know, delved into transportation policy for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, covered the “copyright wars” for NOW with Bill Moyers, and examined the pros and cons of stem-cell research for the PBS-Wall Street Journal collaboration Journal Editorial Report.

Rick teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He majored in American Studies at Purdue University and studied social philosophy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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