Nsikan Akpan

About Nsikan

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 Recent Stories

Science Jun 02

The lionfish zapper hits the open seas

Last year, we broke the story of a robot being being developed to fight invasive lionfish. This spring, the prototype landed in the open ocean for the first time. Here’s how they took the idea from paper to practice.

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