Joe Palca is a science correspondent for National Public Radio, where he covers a range of science topics from biomedical research to astronomy. In addition to science reporting, Palca fills in as guest host on Talk of the Nation Science Friday.
Palca began his journalism career in television in 1982, working as a health producer for the CBS affiliate in Washington, DC. In 1986, he left television for a seven-year stint as a print journalist, first as the Washington news editor for Nature, and then as a senior correspondent for Science Magazine.
He has won numerous awards, including the National Academies’ Communications Award, the Science-in-Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers, the American Chemical Society James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Prize, and the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Writing.
Flora Lichtman is the multimedia editor for Science Friday on National Public Radio. Before coming to Science Friday, Flora worked at a NATO oceanographic lab in Italy, studying the effects of noise on marine mammals. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in Environmental Studies.