Anne Gudenkauf is the head of NPR's Science Desk, which covers scientific and medical research and policy. NPR's coverage includes special emphasis on breaking news and investigations, as well as special topics, including agriculture, food and nutrition; energy, environment and climate change; human behavior and neuroscience; health care policy; and the scientific process.
Gudenkauf has supervised the desk since its inception in 1980 as a three person unit, and it now includes 35 digital and radio journalists. Science Desk stories and multimedia appear on NPR news magazines and at NPR.org, as well as social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Gudenkauf came to NPR in 1977 as the first national editor for All Things Considered. When Morning Edition debuted, she became western regional editor for both daily news programs. Gudenkauf moved into the role of science editor in 1980, when the Science Desk was formed to provide NPR programs with more specialized coverage of research and public policy.
NPR's science, medical and environment reporting has won many broadcast journalism prizes, including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, the George Foster Peabody Award from the University of Georgia, the George Polk Award from Long Island University, Dartmouth's Champion Media Award for Economics Reporting, the Award of Excellence from the National Association of Black Journalists, and awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The National Academies, the Grantham Prize, and others.
More recently science and health multimedia coverage on NPR.org have won prizes from The Peabody Awards, The National Academies Keck Awards, the White House News Photographers Association, Editor & Publisher EPpy Awards, Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism and National Headliners Awards for Online Journalism.
Before joining NPR, Gudenkauf was a reporter-producer for six years at WOSU AM/FM in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.