Photo by Maggie Rife Ponce.

Anthony Ponce is a veteran Chicago journalist.  In July 2016, he received national attention when the video below went viral, announcing he quit his job as an anchor/reporter at NBC to become a full-time Lyft driver, and launch Backseat Rider.  In his new role, Anthony brings audiences the wide-ranging, hilarious, touching, sometimes bizarre, and always real conversations he has with his passengers.  “Listening is a lost art form,” he told CNN.  “What I think is missing right now in our national dialogue is aggressive listening.”  

Anthony graduated from Indiana University and has a Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University.  He lives on the North Side of Chicago with his wife, Maggie, and son, Theo.