Brian Lehrer is host of WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show, the Peabody-winning weekday call-in program, covering politics and life, locally and globally. The New York Times called Lehrer a "master interviewer." Time magazine called the program "New York City's most thoughtful and informative talk show." The Daily News calls it "cutting edge" for its extreme interactivity and creative use of the Internet. Guests range from politicians, including Barack Obama, Chris Christie, Michael Bloomberg, John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Cory Booker, to cultural figures such as Werner Herzog, Penn Jillette, David Lynch, DJ Spooky and Margaret Atwood, to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, to New York City middle school students. Lehrer is also a commentator on local and national issues on television and in print, and hosts a weekly television program on CUNY-TV, "POTUS 2016," about the presidential race. Lehrer has hosted his eponymous program, originally called On The Line, since its inception in 1989. In addition to the Peabody, he has won seven Associated Press New York Broadcasters "Best Interview" Awards since 2000 and twice was recognized as having the “Best Talk Show” by the Garden State Journalists Association. Lehrer has been a questioner in the televised New York City Mayoral Debates in every election since 1997. He is an award-winning author and documentary producer.
Radio and Television Host; National Commentator
June 13, 2016NYU Kimmel CenterNew York City