Krista Tippett is an American journalist, author, and talk show radio host known for smartly and sensitively tackling life’s toughest questions.
Tippett is host of On Being, a Peabody Award-winning public radio program and podcast that traces the mysteries of human existence. Tippett has welcomed countless dignitaries and luminaries—including the 14th Dalai Lama, Maya Angelou, Desmond Tutu, and Yo-Yo Ma—onto the program, which is heard on more than 360 public radio stations and averages more than 20 million downloads a year as a podcast.
In addition to being one of the world’s leading journalists covering faith and religion, Tippett is also an advocate for civil discourse. Her latest initiative, the Civil Conversations Project, fosters a series of conversations, public events, and resources to help heal the divisions within our communities.
Tippett grew up in Oklahoma, attended Brown University, and spent most of the 1980s in divided Germany. She was a staff reporter for The New York Times and also reported for Newsweek, The International Herald Tribune, the BBC, and Die Zeit.
She earned a Master of Divinity from Yale University in 1994 and created the radio program Speaking of Faith, which later became On Being, in 2003 to provide intelligent journalistic coverage of religion. She published her first book, Speaking of Faith—Why Religion Matters, and How to Talk About it in 2008.
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