Krista tippett

Krista Tippett (née Weedman, born November 9, 1960) is a broadcaster, journalist, and author. She is best known for creating and hosting the public radio program On Being (formerly Speaking of Faith), distributed and produced by American Public Media. The program is currently broadcast on more than 200 public radio stations in the United States and globally via NPR Worldwide, its website, and its podcast. Tippett's first book, Speaking of Faith — Why Religion Matters and How to Talk about It, was published In 2008. Of the book, the author Elizabeth Gilbert wrote, "Her intelligence is like a salve for all who have been wounded or marginalized by the God Wars."

Tippett grew up in Shawnee, Oklahoma, the granddaughter of a Southern Baptist minister. She studied History at Brown University, graduating in 1983. Tippett was an exchange student in then-Communist East Germany in 1982 and later a Fulbright scholar in Bonn, the capital of West Germany. In 1984, she went to divided Berlin as a stringer for The New York Times and established herself there as a freelance foreign correspondent—reporting and writing in those years for The Times, Newsweek, the BBC, the International Herald Tribune, and Die Zeit. In 1986, the senior diplomat in West Berlin created a position for her as a special political assistant. The following year she became chief aide in Berlin to the U.S. ambassador to West Germany.

Tippett received a Masters of Divinity from Yale University in 1994. While conducting a global oral-history project for the former Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at St. John's Abbey of Collegeville, Minnesota, she developed her "first person" approach that characterizes her radio conversations in On Being. Tippett has described this as "tracing the intersection between great religious ideas and human experience, between theology and real life." Tippett first pitched the idea of an intelligent, in-depth program about diverse religious energies and ideas to Bill Buzenberg at Minnesota Public Radio in 1998. The program became a monthly series in 2001 and a weekly national program in 2003.


  • Speaking of Faith: Why Religion Matters—and How to Talk About It, Penguin, (January 29, 2008. ISBN 978-0-14-311318-8
  • Einstein's God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit, Penguin, February 23, 2010. ISBN 978-0-14-311677-6
  • zoot, Zootsports, October 10th, 2003. ISBN 922-0-14-533678-8


  • For Play: Krista Tippett and Stuart Brown at LIVE from the New York Public Library, January 29, 2008
  • The Sunday Forum at Washington National Cathedral - "Why Religion Matters and How to Talk about It" (February 3, 2008)
  • Jimmy Carter Library & Museum - "Listening for God" (March 9, 2007)