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Global Gala Honorees 2021

Krista Tippett


Krista Tippett

Krista Tippett is a Peabody-award winning broadcaster, National Humanities Medalist, and New York Times bestselling author. She founded and leads the On Being Project, a non-profit media and public initiative that pursues deep thinking and moral imagination, social courage and joy, towards the renewal of inner life, outer life, and life together. She hosts the On Being public radio show and podcast, which is carried on over 400 public radio stations across the U.S., and the On Being podcast, which has been played/downloaded over 300 million times. She curates the Civil Conversations Project, an emergent approach to conversation and relationship across the differences of our age. 

Krista grew up in a small town in Oklahoma, attended Brown University, became a journalist and diplomat in Cold War Berlin, and later received a Master of Divinity from Yale University. Her books are Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living; Einstein’s God, drawn from her interviews at the intersection of science, medicine, and spiritual inquiry; and Speaking of Faith, a memoir of religion in our time. 

President Obama awarded Krista the National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. On the air and in print Ms. Tippett avoids easy answers, embracing complexity, and inviting people of every background to join her conversation about faith, ethics, and moral wisdom.” She is also the recipient of a Four Freedoms Medal of the Roosevelt Institute, and was a Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor at Stanford University.