Bio

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Robin Amer is the creator, host, and executive producer of the critically acclaimed investigative podcast The City. The City was named a best podcast of the year by the New Yorker, New York Times, Quartz and others, and peaked at #6 on the Apple podcasts charts. Robin won the WNYC Studios 2015 Podcast Accelerator competition, besting nearly 400 other entries, before the show was acquired by USA TODAY

Robin previously served as the deputy editor of the alt-weekly Chicago Reader, where she supervised the paper’s national-award-winning investigations, and as a producer for WBEZ Chicago Public Media.

Her work has been recognized with two national awards from the Sidney Hillman Foundation, among others, and her contributions to the podcast Gravy helped the Southern Foodways Alliance program win the 2015 James Beard Award for best podcast. Her work has been supported by grants and fellowships the Fund for Investigative Journalism and the Social Justice News Nexus at Northwestern University, among others.

Robin received her master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University on a full-tuition scholarship from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. After graduating she worked as an investigative reporting fellow for Medill Watchdog, contributing to a year-long collaboration with The Chicago Tribune that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude from Brown University with an undergraduate degree in Art Semiotics.