Gala 2017 Emcee

Arun Venugopal, reporter and the creator of Micropolis, National Public Radio station WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City.

Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the host of Micropolis, WNYC’s ongoing examination of race, sexuality and identity. The series has explored such issues as the global skin-lightening market, the problems with ethnic sitcoms and the meaning of turbans. Arun is a regular contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He has appeared on PBS Newshour, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, On the Media and Studio 360, and has been published in The GuardianThe Wall Street Journal and Salon. His commentary on Indian-American issues has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Post and the Associated Press. He also frequently serves as an emcee and moderator of panel discussions on race, religion and identity issues. Previously, Venugopal wrote for India Abroad, and served as an editor at the multi-faith website Beliefnet. He lives with his family in Queens.