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 wnyc.org.
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:
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
It's been a historic five months for New York City. Today, we look at how the governor and mayor have shepherded the city through the coronavirus and months of protests.
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Find out about some of the NYC restaurants that have opened and how they will be operating.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Ilana Glazer and callers celebrate arts graduates in this year without ceremonies.
Wednesday, May 06, 2020
NYC emergency room doctor Craig Spencer and nursing professor Michele Crespo-Fierro and callers celebrate graduates entering the health care field.
Friday, March 13, 2020
WNYC's Brian Lehrer open the phones for calls from around the country on what's at stake as voters in three more states hold their primaries and caucuses amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Friday, March 06, 2020
WNYC's Brian Lehrer open the phones for calls from around the country on what's at stake as voters in six more states hold their primaries and caucuses.
Monday, March 02, 2020
WNYC's Brian Lehrer and guests open the phones for calls from around the country on what's at stake as voters in 14 Super Tuesday states hold their primaries.
Thursday, February 27, 2020
WNYC's Brian Lehrer and guests open the phones for calls from around the country on what's at stake as South Carolina votes in its primary, in the final hour of voting.
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.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Brian Lehrer and Jami Floyd and callers as the defense rests in the senate impeachment trial
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.
Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Decades before he became president, Donald Trump and Congressman Jerrold Nadler faced off over an Upper West Side development.
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."
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.