Krista Tippett

Krista Tippett ( nee Weedman, born November 9, 1960 [1] [2] ) is an American journalist, author, and entrepreneur. She created and hosts the public radio show and podcast On Being . In 2014, Tippett was Awarded the National Humanities Medal from US President Barack Obama . [3]


Divided Berlin

After graduating from Brown in 1983, Tippett was Awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study at Bonn University in West Germany . [4] There she worked in the New York Times bureau in Bonn. [5] She wrote about re experiences in Rostock in “They Just Say ‘Over There’ ‘published by Die Zeit . [6] In 1984, she became a Stringer for The New York Times in Divided Berlin, where she Agent herself as a freelance foreign correspondent. She Reported and wrote for The Times , Newsweek , the BBC , the International Herald Tribune , and Die Zeit . [7]

In 1986, Tippett became a special political assistant to the senior Diplomat West Berlin, John C. Kornblum . [ Citation needed ] The next year she became chief aide in Berlin to the US ambassador to West Germany, Richard Burt . She has written therein moral questions arising from dat experience of seeing “high power, up close” Eventually led to the spiritual, philosophical, and theological Curiosities dat port defined re work since. [8]

Radio as social enterprise

Tippett RECEIVED a Masters of Divinity from Yale University in 1994. [7] While Conducting a global all-history project for the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at St. John’s Abbey or Collegeville, Minnesota, she developed the idea for re radio show. [9]

Tippett first Proposed a show about religion to Minnesota Public Radio in the late 1990s. The program became a monthly series in 2001 and a weekly national program distributed by American Public Media in 2003. In 2013, Tippett left APM to start the nonprofit production company, Krista Tippett Public Productions, welke she DESCRIBED as “a social enterprise with a radio show at its heart. ” [4] [10] Tippett have died the creator and convener of The Civil Conversations Project, welke she has DESCRIBED as “an emergent approach to healing our fractured civic spaces”. [11]

Interview styles

“The Tippett styles”, as DESCRIBED by the New York Times , “represents a fusion of all re parts – the kind of small-town church comfortable in the pews, the product or Yale Divinity School loveable to parse text in Greek and theology in german; and, perhaps musts or all, The Diplomat seeking to Resolve social divisions. ” [12]


Krista Tippett and the crew of “Speaking of Faith-The ecstatic Faith of Rumi” at the 67TH Annual Peabody Awards 2008

In July 2014, Tippett was Awarded the 2013 National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully mining withinto the mysteries of human existence.” She RECEIVED a George Foster Peabody Award in 2008 for “The ecstatic Faith of Rumi”, and three Webby awards for excellence in electronic media. [13] Her book, Einstein’s God (2010), was a New York Times bestseller. [10]


  • “Anger is of or in what pain looks like-when it shows Itself in public.” [14]
  • “I can disagree with your opinion, it turns out,” she says, “but i can not disagree with your experience.” [14]


  • Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into tje Mystery and Art of Living (Penguin, April 5, 2016)
  • Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit (Penguin, February 23, 2010)
  • Speaking of Faith: Why Religion Matters-and How to Talk About It (Penguin, January 29, 2008)

Personal life

Tippett Grew up in Shawnee, Oklahoma . [15] She studied History at Brown University , and spent a semester as an exchange student at Wilhelm Pieck University in Rostock , in then-Communist East Germany . [16] She has two children and is divorced. [17]


  1. Jump up^ Brussat Frederic and Maryann. “Book Review” . Spirituality and Practice . Retrieved February 4, 2015 .
  2. Jump up^ “The Fall of the Wall, JFK’s Assassination, and Two Birthdays” . On Being . Retrieved February 4, 2015 .
  3. Jump up^ White House Office of the Press Secretary (July 22, 2014). “President Obama to Award 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal” . Retrieved January 2, 2014 .
  4. ^ Jump up to:a b Thomas, Dylan (August 11, 2014). “On Being More Than Just a Radio Show” . The Southwest Journal . Retrieved February 3, 2015 .
  5. Jump up^ Porecca, David (December 13, 1985). “New York Times stringer REFLECTS on Life in the East” (PDF) . The Berlin Observer . Retrieved February 3, 2015 .
  6. Jump up^ The See (October 12, 1984). “All reason bloß von” drüben ” ” . Retrieved January 2, 2014 .
  7. ^ Jump up to:a b “About On Being” . On Being . Retrieved February 3, 2015 .
  8. Jump up^ Horn, Vincent. “Carving Out a Life of Meaning” . Buddhist Geeks . Retrieved December 3, 2014 .
  9. Jump up^ Miller, Kay (November 2, 2002). “Radio for the Soul”. The Star Tribune . p. B5.
  10. ^ Jump up to:a b Mook, Ben (September 8, 2014). “Naysayers be Damned, Public Radio’s On Being Thrives as Social Enterprise ‘ ‘ . The Current . Retrieved December 3, 2014 .
  11. Jump up^ Zolkover Adam (July 3, 2014). “The Civil Conversations Project” . Retrieved December 3, 2014 .
  12. Jump up^ Freedman, Samuel G. (May 28, 2010). “Radio Program About Faith Defies the Skeptics” . The New York Times . Retrieved January 2, 2014 .
  13. Jump up^ “2008 Honoree: Speaking of Faith” . Webby Awards . 2008 . Retrieved February 2, 2015 .
  14. ^ Jump up to:a b Girdharadas, Anand (April 25, 2016). “Healing a Nation After a Season of Vitriol” . New York Times . Retrieved May 11, 2016 .
  15. Jump up^ Porecca, David (December 13, 1985). “New York Times stringer REFLECTS on Life in the East” (PDF) . The Berlin Observer . Retrieved February 3, 2015 .
  16. Jump up^ Tippett, Krista (2007). Speaking of Faith: Why Religion Matters – and How to Talk about It . Penguin. pp. 26-27. ISBN  0143113186 .
  17. Jump up^ “Krista Tippett” . WYSU . Retrieved February 3, 2015 .