Technology and music freelancer, media professional and musician.

About Nate

Having worked in IT, he is able to break down the big picture of technology, whether in theory or gadgetry. He is an on-air tech contributor for NPR, and has been featured on the All Things Considered program, which reaches an audience of 16 million households. He also has been featured on NPR's technology blog, All Tech Considered.

Nate's Story

Nate Plutzik was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. From an early age, he cultivated an interest in technology. As a student, he served as a computer game tester at Sid Meier's Firaxis Games. He has also long been interested in music, playing guitar, piano and several other instruments. During college, he began mixing his love for technology and music. He became an electronic composer and became an expert at audio recording and editing, mastering platforms such as Protools.

Wanting a place where he could follow both passions, Nate began working in public radio. In 2006, he interned in the News Department of NPR member station WYPR in Baltimore under News Director Sunni Khalid. In 2007, Nate accepted a full-time position with National Public Radio at its headquarters in Washington, DC. Nate was part of the team that developed, tested and implemented SHARC, the technology platform that integrates NPR's reporting and information management functions worldwide. At the same time, Nate began to produce and report stories that were aired on NPR's flagship program All Things Considered and its All Tech Considered blog, focusing on technology and music.

In 2011, with the project successfully completed, Nate went to work for a nonprofit in Africa, focusing on management, development and technology issues, traveling widely in Southern Africa.

Upon his return from Africa, Nate moved to New York City. Utilizing his passion for both technology and music, he continues to report for NPR on issues such as computer security, computer/video games and the latest cutting edge bands — from Indie to Electronica.


Some of Nate’s interviews have included guests such as:

The Killers, LCD Soundsystem, guitarist Jason Becker, electronica band Infected Mushroom, indie sensation Midlake, Joe Grand also known as Kingpin (famous hacker), comedian Drew Carey, Jeff Moss, former Defense Department cyberczar Robert F. Lentz, Jerry Dixon of the Department of Homeland Security, World of Warcraft game designer Robert Pardo and more…


The Killers Return, Guitar-Rock Holdouts In A Pop World - December 26, 2012

Lebron James (with Drew Carey) - July 12, 2010

Midlake: Finding the “Courage” of Others - April 23, 2010

Only White Men Can Be Game Designers? - March 15, 2010

Diversity in Games - February 22, 2010

Experts meet for CyberSecurity - February 5, 2010

Blackhat Hacker's Convention - January 29, 2010

San Diego Wildfires - December 18, 2009

Infected Mushroom: Israeli Psytrance - December 14, 2009


Milton Tillman Four Aces - 2007

Interview with David Ettlin - 2007


Honor Our Veterans - 2009

Hyam Plutzik: American Poet - 2007

City Voices

Nate hosts the weekly podcast City Voices, which highlights emerging urban talent in business, culture, art and music.

Available soon on iTunes.

Read more at the City Voices Blog

Contact Nate Plutzik

Twitter: @nplutzik
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Address: New York City