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Neda Ulaby

Reporter, Arts Desk

Neda Ulaby reports on arts, entertainment, and cultural trends for NPR's Arts Desk.

Scouring the various and often overlapping worlds of art, music, television, film, new media and literature, Ulaby's radio and online stories reflect political and economic realities, cultural issues, obsessions and transitions, as well as artistic adventurousness— and awesomeness.

Over the last few years, Ulaby has strengthened NPR's television coverage both in terms of programming and industry coverage and profiled breakout artists such as Ellen Page and Skylar Grey and behind-the-scenes tastemakers ranging from super producer Timbaland to James Schamus, CEO of Focus Features. Her stories have included a series on women record producers, an investigation into exhibitions of plastinated human bodies, and a look at the legacy of gay activist Harvey Milk. Her profiles have brought listeners into the worlds of such performers as Tyler Perry, Ryan Seacrest, Mark Ruffalo, and Courtney Love.

Ulaby has earned multiple fellowships at the Getty Arts Journalism Program at USC Annenberg as well as a fellowship at the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism to study youth culture. In addition, Ulaby's weekly podcast of NPR's best arts stories. Culturetopia, won a Gracie award from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation.

Joining NPR in 2000, Ulaby was recruited through NPR's Next Generation Radio, and landed a temporary position on the cultural desk as an editorial assistant. She started reporting regularly, augmenting her work with arts coverage for D.C.'s Washington City Paper.

Before coming to NPR, Ulaby worked as managing editor of Chicago's Windy City Times and co-hosted a local radio program, What's Coming Out at the Movies. Her film reviews and academic articles have been published across the country and internationally. For a time, she edited fiction for The Chicago Review and served on the editing staff of the leading academic journal Critical Inquiry. Ulaby taught classes in the humanities at the University of Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University and at high schools serving at-risk students.

A former doctoral student in English literature, Ulaby worked as an intern for the features desk of the Topeka Capital-Journal after graduating from Bryn Mawr College. She was born in Amman, Jordan, and grew up in the idyllic Midwestern college towns of Lawrence, Kansas and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Oscar-Winning Screenwriter William Goldman Dies At 87

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William Goldman, Oscar-Winning Screenwriter, Dies At 87

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"I Am Woman" singer Helen Reddy performs in 1970. Ian Dickson/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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You're Gonna Hear Them Roar: 'I Am Woman' Is An Anthem Beyond Its Era

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Assistant chef Michael Monteleone puts a finishing touch on cannabis-infused vegetable tarts. As more states legalize the use of recreational marijuana, the California chef is aiming to elevate haute cuisine to a new level. Jason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Haute Pot: How High-End California Chefs Are Cashing In On Marijuana

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Madonna at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards, where her racy performance of "Like a Virgin" caused an uproar. New York Daily News Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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'Like A Virgin' Lives On, A Winking Anthem For Women Getting Married

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Brady Bunch House Goes On The Market For $1.88 Million

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The Purge films are about a large-scale psychological experiment: What if every year the country allowed one night of complete lawlessness? Nya (Lex Scott Davis) and Isaiah (Joivan Wade) star in the fourth installment of the series, The First Purge, which opens July 4. Annette Brown/Universal Pictures hide caption

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The Success Of Society Run Amok: What Does 'The Purge' Say About Us?

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Blind Boys Of Alabama Member Clarence Fountain Dies At 88

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Harvey Weinstein Arrested And Charged With Rape, Posts $1M Bail

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The Mother of Modern Medicine by Kadir Nelson, oil on linen, 2017. Collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from Kadir Nelson and the JKBN Group LLC. hide caption

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Henrietta Lacks' Lasting Impact Detailed In New Portrait

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Bride Lindsey Morgan tries on a popular style on an episode of TLC's Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta. Host Monte Durham stands second from right. Dewey Ortiz/TLC hide caption

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Brides Everywhere Are Saying Yes To The Low-Cut Dress

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The new exhibition Moundverse Infants at Temple Contemporary in Philadelphia centers around artist Trenton Doyle Hancock's toy dolls. Torpedo Man, the superhero of his artistic cosmology, is portrayed on the left. Courtesy of Temple Contemporary hide caption

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An Artist's Alternative Universe And His Warehouse Full Of Dolls

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On The Muppet Show, Miss Piggy was obsessed with Kermit the Frog. But Piggy, her modern incarnation on Disney Junior's Muppet Babies, is BFFs with Summer, a laid back, creative penguin. Disney Junior hide caption

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Sorry, Kermit — In New TV Reboots, The Future Of Friendship Is Female

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Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat's Teenage Years In 'Boom For Real'

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French-Polish director Roman Polanski poses prior to a screening of one of his movies Oct. 30 during a retrospective of his work at the Cinematheque in Paris. Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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