Brian Lehrer is host of The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC Radio's daily call-in program, covering politics and life, locally and globally. The show airs weekdays from 10am-noon on WNYC 93.9 FM, AM 820 and wnyc.org.
The Brian Lehrer Show was recognized with a 2007 George Foster Peabody Award for "Radio That Builds Community Rather Than Divides."
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. Political guests have ranged nationally from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to Mitch McConnell and Kellyanne Conway, and locally from Chris Christie to Cynthia Nixon and beyond. Cultural guests have included Wynton Marsalis, Margaret Atwood, Junot Diaz, Judd Apatow, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Yogi Berra, and so many others.
Lehrer is also a commentator on local and national issues on television and in print. He has appeared on TV channels including CNN, MSNBC, Fox Newschannel, C-SPAN, NY1, and The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. He has written op-ed pieces for publications including The New York Times, The Daily News, Newsday, and Slate. He also hosts a weekly television program on CUNY-TV, "Brian Talks New York.”
In addition to the Peabody, Lehrer has won numerous awards, including seven Associated Press New York Broadcasters "Best Interview" Awards since 2000 and “Best Talk Show” by the Garden State Journalists Association in 2009 and 2011.
Lehrer has been a questioner in televised New York City Mayoral Debates for every election since 1997.
He has hosted his eponymous program, originally called On The Line, since its inception in 1989. Prior, he was an anchor and reporter for the NBC Radio Networks, and an award-winning author and documentary producer.
Lehrer holds master's degrees in public health from Columbia University and journalism from The Ohio State University and a bachelor's in music and mass communications from the State University of New York at Albany.
Brian Lehrer appears in the following:
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
The Brian Lehrer Show Live: Lizz Winstead, Barry Jenkins, Jennifer Egan, Esmeralda Santiago and More
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
The Brian Lehrer Show: NYT's Michelle Goldberg, Former NJ Gov Jim Florio, Slate's Aymann Ismail and Writer Cris Beam
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
The Brian Lehrer Show: Robert Reich, Trump, Inc., #MeToo in the Art World and the Making of a Black Feminist
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
The Brian Lehrer Show Live: Michael Moore, A Year in Resistance and Artists Rallying to Keep Cultural Borders Open
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Brian Lehrer: National Politics, NYC's Affordable Housing Conundrum and a State Constitutional Convention?
Monday, October 16, 2017
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Brian Lehrer Live: Trump's Putin Meetings; Post-Election Sexism; Governing 21st Century Cities; Young Journalists
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Brian Lehrer Live: Investigating the White House; Running for Office 101; A Divided, Exceptional America
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Brian Lehrer Live: News from the White House, David McCullough on the American Spirit, Scientists Take D.C.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Friday, November 04, 2016
Friday, October 28, 2016
Friday, October 14, 2016
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Join The Brian Lehrer Show for a live broadcast with several guests, lots of interaction, and various takes on a single topic: your privacy. We'll discuss what you want to share, what you don’t, and how much of your personal information you’re willing to trade for online conveniences.
This live event has been canceled. You can still hear the conversation live on The Brian Lehrer Show on this date at 10AM on WNYC 93.9 FM and AM 820.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Join political reporter Anna Sale as she hosts our Super Tuesday event brought to you by It’s a Free Country. Author and comedian Baratunde Thurston will share the stage with Anna as will a stellar cast of contributors to It's a Free Country, including WNYC's Brian Lehrer.