Vikki Valentine

Senior Editor, Science Desk

Vikki Valentine is a senior editor on NPR's science desk, overseeing the network's climate change, environment and energy coverage across radio and digital platforms.

She works closely with network and member station correspondents and multimedia journalists to use evidence-based reporting to explore how choices about energy drive changes in the environment. NPR's energy and environment team also reports on what happens at the intersections of human development, health and the environment.

Valentine led NPR's science coverage of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Hurricane Sandy and the 2011 U.N. Durban climate talks. She has produced major series such as a 2012 investigation examining the unanswered health questions surrounding fracking for natural gas, and the 2013 series Poisoned Places: Toxic Air, Neglected Communities. She edited a 2012 DuPont-winning story on a doctor gag-rule law in Pennsylvania connected with fracking, and a 2013 Edward R. Murrow-winning story on Pennsylvania's abandoned oil and gas wells.

Valentine won the 2009 National Academies Communication Award for the year-long multimedia project Climate Connections. The series was also a finalist for the 2008 National Academy of Sciences award, the Metcalf award for environmental journalism, the White House News Photographers Association awards, National Headliners awards and the Webbys.

She was part of NPR.org's 2010 Peabody award-winning team for her editing role in the "Krulwich on Science" series and health overhaul coverage. She was recognized by the Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism and Webbys for her supervising role in NPR's digital health overhaul coverage.

Prior to joining NPR, Valentine worked as a daily science news editor at Discovery.com and as a features editor at BaltimoreSun.com. Her writing — from science to cultural profiles — has been published by The New York Times, National Geographic, Smithsonian Channel, Marketplace, Science and Washingtonian.

Valentine graduated with honors from the University College London Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine master's program, and magna cum laude from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, with a major in English and minors in anthropology and writing.