Nsikan Akpan


Nsikan Akpan runs the health and science desk at WNYC/Gothamist.

Akpan was previously at National Geographic, where he worked as a science editor, overseeing its COVID-19 coverage in addition to other topics in science, health, and technology.

Before National Geographic, he worked for more than four years at PBS NewsHour, where he co-created an award-winning video series named ScienceScope. He shared a 2020 Emmy for the PBS NewsHour series Stopping a Killer Pandemic, and in 2019 he received a George Foster Peabody Award for the PBS NewsHour series The Plastic Problem.

Akpan has also worked for NPR, Science News Magazine, Science Magazine, KUSP Central Coast Public Radio, the Santa Cruz Sentinel, and as a writer at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University.

He holds a doctorate in pathobiology from Columbia University and is a graduate of the science communication program at the University of California Santa Cruz.

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