Nsikan Akpan is the digital science producer for PBS NewsHour and co-creator of the NewsHour digital series ScienceScope. ScienceScope, which won the 2016 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Silver Award in the television spot news/feature reporting category, takes a deep dive into the process of scientific discovery, exploring the nitty gritty in short, digestible, music-filled video bites.
When he isn't taking rides to the ocean floor or watching the shapes of smells for ScienceScope, Nsikan writes and edits for the NewsHour website and works on social media projects such as science-based Facebook Lives and Snapchat and Instagram stories.
Nsikan was elected to the board of the National Association of Science Writers in September 2016. His two-year tenure will include helping to organize the 2017 World Conference of Science Journalists.
Prior to joining NewsHour, his work appeared in NPR, Science Magazine, Science News, Scientific American, Newsweek and elsewhere. He holds a doctorate in Pathobiology (Columbia University) and is an alum of the science communication program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Nsikan's Most Recent Stories
May 23, 2017
The White House’s full budget request for 2018 seeks sharp cuts to cancer research, climate science and children’s health insurance. Continue reading →
May 15, 2017
Henderson Island, a remote locale in the South Pacific, is covered with 37.7 million pieces of plastic debris — the highest density ever recorded in the world for a beach. Continue reading →
May 4, 2017
Children who spent more time with hand-held screens were more likely to exhibit signs of an expressive speech delay, according to a new study from Toronto. Continue reading →
Analysis: A new study says settlers arrived in the Americas 130,000 years ago. Should we believe it?April 26, 2017
An archaeological site near San Diego suggests humans arrived in America more than 100,000 years before previously thought. Continue reading →