Neda Ulaby Neda Ulaby reports on arts, entertainment, and cultural trends for NPR's Arts Desk.
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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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Building Museum Exhibit Chronicles Scourge Of Evictions, Homelessness

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NPR's Carl Kasell delivers one of his last newscasts during Morning Edition on Dec. 30, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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NPR Newscaster Carl Kasell Dies At 84, After A Lifelong Career On-Air

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Winners Of 2018 Pulitzer Prizes Announced

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Judy Norsigian, executive director and founder of Our Bodies, Ourselves, speaks behind a copy of the women's health guide at the National Press Club in 2012. Robert MacPherson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Feminist Health Guide 'Our Bodies, Ourselves' Will Stop Publishing

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Tenor Rinde Eckert performs the role of Vietnam veteran Hugh Thompson, Jr. in My Lai. Ryan Hartford/CAP UCLA hide caption

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50 Years After The My Lai Massacre, An Opera Confronts The Past

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Musician Finds Snail Mail Helps Her Connect With Fans

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French Fashion Designer Hubert De Givenchy Dies At 91

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'Architecture Is A Backdrop For Life,' Says 2018 Pritzker Winner Balkrishna Doshi

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(L-R) James Ivory, Agnes Varda, and Christopher Plummer are all nominated for this year's Academy Awards. Charley Gallay/Valerie Macon/Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images hide caption

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The Oscar Elders: 3 Octogenarians Make Academy Award History

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Rachel Morrison, seen here on set for Mudbound, had her big breakthrough with Fruitvale Station in 2013. Steve Dietl/Netflix hide caption

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'I Can't Believe I Am The First,' Says Oscar-Nominated Female Cinematographer

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In Disney Channel's new original movie-musical ZOMBIES, a high school is integrated with zombie students, including the charismatic Zed (played by Milo Manheim). John Medland/Disney Channel hide caption

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Why The Zombie Craze Still Has Our Undying Affection

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'Videocracy' Looks At What Makes A Video Go Viral

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Naomi Parker-Fraley, From Rosie The Riveter Poster, Dies At 96

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Why TSA Officers Are Rooting For 'Get Out'

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