Brian Lehrer

Host, The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer is host of The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC Radio's daily call-in program, covering politics and life, locally and globally. The show airs weekdays from 10am-noon on WNYC 93.9 FM, AM 820 and

The Brian Lehrer Show was recognized with a 2007 George Foster Peabody Award for "Radio That Builds Community Rather Than Divides."

The New York Times called Lehrer a "master interviewer." Time magazine called the program "New York City's most thoughtful and informative talk show." The Daily News calls it "cutting edge" for its extreme interactivity and creative use of the internet. Political guests have ranged nationally from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to Mitch McConnell and Kellyanne Conway, and locally from Chris Christie to Cynthia Nixon and beyond. Cultural guests have included Wynton Marsalis, Margaret Atwood, Junot Diaz, Judd Apatow, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Yogi Berra, and so many others.

Lehrer is also a commentator on local and national issues on television and in print. He has appeared on TV channels including CNN, MSNBC, Fox Newschannel, C-SPAN, NY1, and The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. He has written op-ed pieces for publications including The New York Times, The Daily News, Newsday, and Slate. He also hosts a weekly television program on CUNY-TV, "Brian Talks New York.”

In addition to the Peabody, Lehrer has won numerous awards, including seven Associated Press New York Broadcasters "Best Interview" Awards since 2000 and “Best Talk Show” by the Garden State Journalists Association in 2009 and 2011.

Lehrer has been a questioner in televised New York City Mayoral Debates for every election since 1997.

He has hosted his eponymous program, originally called On The Line, since its inception in 1989. Prior, he was an anchor and reporter for the NBC Radio Networks, and an award-winning author and documentary producer.

Lehrer holds master's degrees in public health from Columbia University and journalism from The Ohio State University and a bachelor's in music and mass communications from the State University of New York at Albany.


Brian Lehrer appears in the following:

America, Are We Ready? New Hampshire Edition

Monday, February 10, 2020

WNYC's Brian Lehrer and NHPR's Laura Knoy join forces as the polls close in New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary with calls from NH and around the country.

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WNYC Special Coverage: The Defense Rests

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Brian Lehrer and Jami Floyd and callers as the defense rests in the senate impeachment trial
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Trump: 'I can do whatever I want.' Pelosi: “No.”

Thursday, December 05, 2019

After the Judiciary Committee's first hearing, Speaker Pelosi formally asked for Articles of Impeachment. On this episode: the past, present and near-future developments in the probe. 

The New Impeachment Phase Marks Another Chapter In Long-Running Trump-Nadler Feud

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Decades before he became president, Donald Trump and Congressman Jerrold Nadler faced off over an Upper West Side development.


Judiciary: Like Intel Hearings 'on Steroids'

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee — which is responsible for drafting impeachment articles — will hear from constitutional scholars about what makes an "impeachable offense."

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries on Your Holiday Witness Wishlist

Monday, December 02, 2019

As the House Intel Committee passes the reigns to the Judiciary Committee, we speak to Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a Judiciary member, about the witness list, and what's to come.

The Big Picture: What Impeachment Means for Democracy

Friday, November 29, 2019

On this special extended episode of Impeachment, we set aside the granular details of the current probe, and take a big-picture look at the role of impeachment in our democracy.

A Case from the Right for More Witnesses

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

When we talked to Rich Lowry before the public hearings, he said he'd rather let the people decide in 2020 whether to remove the President. Did the hearings change anything for him?

"He said, 'Yeah, I'd Do It Again'"

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Today, the case for the broadest possible Articles of Impeachment. Our guest explains why the Republican-majority Senate might remove the President. Plus, how to read impeachment polls. 

'Like Watergate in Reverse'

Monday, November 25, 2019

The Nixon impeachment ended with a smoking gun. The Trump probe started with one. Why does that matter? Michael Isikoff talks public opinion and the latest headlines.

Did Two Weeks of Testimony Change Anyone's Mind?

Friday, November 22, 2019

Today, House Democrats wrapped up two weeks of public impeachment hearings. Did they move the needle? We check in with callers, and political reporter Tim Mak. 

Have We Had Enough Hearings?

Thursday, November 21, 2019

For the most part, the facts of the Ukraine affair aren't in dispute. So why hold more public hearings? Today, we recap the last two weeks of hearings and discuss the Democrats' endgame.

Sondland: 'It was a quid pro quo'

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Gordon Sondland, who had direct contact with the President on the Ukraine affair, confirmed a quid pro quo, and said that the orders were coming from Trump through Rudy Giuliani. 

Vindman: In Russia, They'd Kill Me "For Telling the Truth"

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Lt. Col. Vindman came to the U.S. 40 years ago as a refugee from the old Soviet Union. Today, he did something he says he couldn't do in Russia: He testified against the President. 

Sondland. In the Restaurant. With the Cellphone

Monday, November 18, 2019

Donald Trump tweeted that he was "strongly considering" testifying in the inquiry. But in news that might actually pan out, we look at the firsthand witnesses we'll hear this week. 

The First Week of Public Impeachment Hearings Just Wrapped Up. What Did We Learn?

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Your calls, questions, and lots of analysis on week one of public impeachment hearings. 

Yovanovich is an 'Uppity Woman Who Needs to Get out of the Way'

Friday, November 15, 2019

Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen breaks down today's open testimony by former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovich, and says gender was a factor in her ousting. 

Here's How Impeachment Could Shape The 2020 Election

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Senate Republicans are now considering a lengthy trial to tie up Dem senators in primary races. Today, what the probe means for the election, and how voters are taking this all in.

Democrats Hear Damning New Evidence in Impeachment Testimony

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

A breakdown of day one of the public impeachment hearings, and new evidence that puts Trump closer to the heart of the story. 

How to Write an Article of Impeachment

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The House is expected to vote on Articles of Impeachment soon after Thanksgiving. Today, a trip back in time with the ghosts of impeachments past, to see what could be ahead for Trump.