People of Northwest Public Radio
An academic overachiever since failing the fifth grade, Corinna Nicolaou is a former policy writer for the U.S. Congress. After the humiliation of being held back in school, she went on to graduate Phi Beta Kappa from U.C. Berkeley and earn two Master’s Degrees—all in an effort to prove to herself that she could do it.
Growing up, she experienced a myriad of life situations: a girlhood living with her single mom in Austin and Dallas; teen years in the wilds of Los Angeles reunited with her father; and, finally, a determined young woman trying to make it on her own in Washington, D.C.
In 2005, Corinna did a scary thing: she got married, left her big job in the city, and moved to a small town in the Pacific Northwest. She hopes her stories will encourage listeners to reflect on the beauty of their own life adventures.
Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Texas Observer, and Narrative Magazine among other publications, and can be heard on All Things Considered on Northwest Public Radio.