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.