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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Civil Rights Reporters, Simeon Saunders Booker, Jr. And Roy Reed, Die At 99 And 87

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This weekend, hundreds of people, ranging from Philadelphia Orchestra musicians to school kids, will play broken instruments owned by the Philadelphia public school system in hopes of getting them fixed. Neda Ulaby/NPR hide caption

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The Healing Sound Of A Broken Orchestra

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Demonstrators walk in the #MeToo March against sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood on Nov. 12. Nearly every day brings another apology from yet another high-profile man accused of serial sexual harassment. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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How To Apologize For Sexual Harassment (Hint: It Takes More Than 'Sorry')

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Ruby Corado (left) with her friend and Casa Ruby board member Consuella Lopez on the porch of one of the transitional group homes Corado runs in Washington, D.C., in 2015. Lexey Swall/GRAIN for NPR hide caption

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Health Care System Fails Many Transgender Americans

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Chicken blinchiki from Kachka. Leela Cyd/Courtesy of Flatiron Books hide caption

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Kachka: The Word That Saved A Family During WWII And Inspired A Chef

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Sale Of $450 Million Da Vinci Painting Serves As A Triumph Of Marketing

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With 'Blade Of The Immortal,' Director Takashi Miike Marks His 100th Film

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A Bird, A Beak And A 3-D Printer

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The Mexican long-tongued bat is one of the species that pollinates agave, but its ecosystem is being disrupted by large-scale, cheaper methods of making tequila. Merlin Tuttle/Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation hide caption

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Bats And Tequila: A Once Boo-tiful Relationship Cursed By Growing Demands

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Harvey Weinstein has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences after he was accused of sexually assaulting and harassing at least three dozen women. Richard Shotwell/Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP hide caption

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Palestinian Play 'The Siege' Finally Gets U.S. Premiere

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Kazuo Ishiguro Is Awarded Nobel Prize In Literature

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For decades, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami has been a favorite spot for South Floridians to get engaged, get married, and have their quinceañera photos taken. But the meticulously landscaped 50 acres were seriously damaged by Hurricane Irma, and now staffers and volunteers are working to restore this picturesque spot. Anderson Gonzalez/Vizcaya Museum and Gardens hide caption

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When Hurricane Irma Closed Schools, Florida Museums Stepped In

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Evacuees at a special needs shelter sit and chat or rest, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at Florida International University in Miami, Fla. About 30 people, including staff with the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition for the Homeless from Key West, Fla., were sheltered in a storefront underneath a parking garage on campus. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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Miami Hurricane Shelter Still Packed - With People And Pets

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