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Alix Spiegel is an American public radio producer and science journalist who has worked on This American Life and for National Public Radio. She currently hosts and produces the NPR program Invisibilia with Hanna Rosin.[1]

Alix Spiegel
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
This American Life
NetworkNational Public Radio
Time slotSyndication
CountryUnited States


Spiegel grew up in Baltimore, Maryland in a secular Jewish household. Her father was the great-grandson of Joseph Spiegel, the founder of the Spiegel Catalog. She played the violin from a very young age and initially considered a career as a musician.[2] After graduating from Oberlin College, Spiegel moved to Chicago where she saw an announcement in a newspaper about a fledgling local show for WBEZ called Your American Playhouse: Documentaries About American Life. In 1995 Spiegel began correspondence with the show's producer, Ira Glass, who took her on as an intern.[2] In 1996 the show changed its name to This American Life and was picked up nationally by Public Radio International, by which time Spiegel was producing pieces for the show. That year Spiegel and the show's other producers won the George Foster Peabody Award[3]

In 2002, Spiegel won the Livingston Award for episode #204 "81 Words" about Spiegel's own grandfather,[4] Dr. John Patrick Spiegel, who had a hand in removing homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.[5][6] In 2007, she won the Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award for the segment, "Which One of These is Not Like the Others?" for episode #322, "Shouting Across the Divide".

Having taken up an interest in the human mind, Spiegel eventually moved on to freelance work for NPR's Science Desk where she spent ten years covering psychology and human behavior.[1] In 2008 she won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for her piece "Stuck and Suicidal in a Post-Katrina Trailer Park". In 2010 she won the Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media.[7] She continued to appear as an occasional contributor to This American Life until the launch of her show Invisibilia. Spiegel's science reporting has also been featured in The New York Times and The New Yorker.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Alix Spiegel: Correspondent, Science Desk and Co-Host, Invisibilia". National Public Radio. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b Zadie, Mooj. "Alix Spiegel". Tape. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  3. ^ 55th Annual Peabody Awards, May 1996.
  4. ^ "BEHIND THE SCENES with Alix Spiegel". Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  5. ^ "81 Words: the inside story of psychiatry and homosexuality [Part 1 of 2] – All In The Mind – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". Retrieved 2011-12-02.
  6. ^ "Livingston Awards". Retrieved 2011-12-02.
  7. ^ "Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media - Austen Riggs Center". Retrieved 8 March 2017.