Neda Ulaby

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Neda Ulaby (Arabic: ندى علبي‎‎) is an American reporter for National Public Radio, covering arts, cultural trends and digital media. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Early life and education

Born in Amman, Jordan, during Black September, Ulaby lived her childhood in Lawrence, Kansas, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. The father who raised her, Fawwaz Ulaby, is a professor of electrical engineering from Damascus, Syria. In her late 20's, Neda learned that Fawwaz Ulaby was not her biological father and that the latter was a Jewish man.[1]

After graduating from the alternative Community High School in Ann Arbor, she attended Bryn Mawr College, graduating in 1993. She also studied at Oxford University, England,[2] and in 1996 graduated with an MA in English from the University of Chicago. She is a former doctoral student in English literature.[3]


Ulaby began her career as an intern for the features desk of the Topeka Capital-Journal from 1993 to 1994 and later freelanced for the Chicago Reader and the Washington City Paper. Ulaby became managing editor of Chicago's Windy City Times in 1999, holding the post for one year, and later became co-host of the radio program What's Coming Out at the Movies.

She has taught classes in the humanities at the University of Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, and at high schools serving at-risk students. She has also edited fiction for The Chicago Review and served on the editing staff of the prominent academic journal Critical Inquiry. Ulaby joined NPR in 2000 as part of their Next Generation Radio Initiative.[3]

Notable work

She was one of the first to report on the 2005 Sony BMG CD copy protection scandal. Ulaby has also reported investigative pieces critical of Body Worlds and BODIES...the exhibition.

Her obituary for musician Elliott Smith set a record for downloads from the NPR website.[3][4]

She is included in the anthology "Bodies Out of Bounds: Fatness and Transgression".[5]

Her film reviews have appeared in alternative papers nationwide and her articles on slapstick comedy have been published internationally.[3]

See also


  1. "'Unleavened' story time". Washington Jewish Week. 2 April 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Twitter / @srah Yes-- Keble College ..."<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Neda Ulaby: Reporter, Arts Desk". National Public Radio. 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Neda Ulaby (2011). "Singer Elliott Smith Dead in Apparent Suicide". National Public Radio. Retrieved 17 September 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Bodies Out of Bounds". University of California Press. 2001. Retrieved 17 September 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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