About Madhulika Sikka

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Madhulika Sikka is the public editor of PBS. In that role she serves as the interlocutor between the audience and PBS and the creators of the content that PBS airs.

Prior to joining PBS, she had an award-winning career in journalism across multiple platforms. Her first media job was in high school as the production assistant on an annual documentary about the Wimbledon tennis championships, a project she stayed with during college and graduate school.  She also worked on a tennis magazine, and in event management at IMG, focused on golf and tennis events and the Papal visit to Britain of Pope John Paul II. 

She has worked for NBC News in London and CBS News in Tokyo.

She was at ABC News Nightline with Ted Koppel for more than 13 years where she rose from researcher for Koppel to senior producer of the broadcast. She left ABC News for NPR in 2006 where she served as executive producer of Morning Edition, the most listened to radio news program in America. Then, Sikka became executive editor of NPR News, overseeing domestic and international coverage, including 17 overseas bureaus, setting the standard and vision for NPR’s coverage. Following a stint at digital-first outlet Mic.com, she acted as an independent media consultant advising on editorial, talent and organizational strategy. 

She is a recipient of multiple awards for her journalism including Emmys, duPonts, Peabodys, as well as from NABJ, SAJA, the RTNDA and the RTCA. Sikka is also a writer and author. Her book, A Breast Cancer Alphabet, was published by Crown in 2014.  In 2017, she created and curated a book discovery project, 52 weeks 52 books 52 women, a website and podcast.

Sikka was born in New Delhi, India. When she was three months old, her family moved to London, England, where she grew up.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in economics and politics from University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, and her Master of Philosophy in development economics and politics from Cambridge University.  She moved to the U.S.A. after graduate school and lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband. She is the mother of two college-aged daughters. She is a fan of James Bond, likes to read, cook and knit. She also thinks Roger Federer is the greatest tennis player of all time.

As public editor, Madhulika Sikka serves as an independent internal critic within PBS. She reviews commentary and criticism from viewers and seeks to ensure that PBS upholds its own standards of editorial integrity. Read More >
Have a comment related to the journalistic integrity of PBS content? Send an E-mail to Madhulika or contact her at 703-739-5290. You can also follow the public editor on Twitter @PBSPubEd.
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