Maria Godoy Maria Godoy is a senior editor and correspondent with NPR's Science Desk.
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Maria Godoy

Senior Editor/Correspondent, NPR Science Desk

Maria Godoy is a senior science and health editor and correspondent with NPR News. Her reporting can be heard across NPR's news shows and podcasts, including NPR's Life Kit.

Along with her NPR science desk colleagues, Godoy is the winner of a 2019 Gracie Award.

Previously, Godoy hosted NPR's food vertical, The Salt, where she covered the food beat with a wide lens — investigating everything from the health effects of caffeine to the environmental and cultural impact of what we eat. Under Godoy's leadership, The Salt was recognized as Publication of the Year in 2018 by the James Beard Foundation. With her colleagues on the food team, Godoy won the 2012 James Beard Award for best food blog. The Salt was also awarded first place in the blog category from the Association of Food Journalists in 2013, and it won a Gracie Award for Outstanding Blog from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation in 2013.

Previously, Godoy oversaw political, national, and business coverage for NPR.org. Her work as part of NPR's reporting teams has been recognized with several awards, including two prestigious Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Silver Batons: one for coverage of the role of race in the 2008 presidential election, and another for a series about the sexual abuse of Native American women. The latter series was also awarded the Columbia Journalism School's Dart Award for excellence in reporting on trauma, and a Gracie Award.

In 2010, Godoy and her colleagues were awarded a Gracie Award for their work on a series exploring the science of spirituality. She was also part of a team that won the 2007 Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award for Excellence in Reporting on Drug and Alcohol Issues.

Godoy was a 2008 Ethics fellow at the Poynter Institute. She joined NPR in 2003 as a digital news editor.

Born in Guatemala, Godoy now lives in the suburbs of Washington, DC, with her husband and two kids. She's a sucker for puns (and has won a couple of awards for her punning headlines).

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Wednesday

Doctors are worried by misinformation about sunscreen on social media

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Monday

Surveys show younger Americans doubt the safety of sunscreen. Misinformation on social media isn't helping. Anna Vishnyak/Getty Images hide caption

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Suncreen Misinformation Puts Younger Americans At Risk

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Saturday

The biggest predictor of screen time for kids is how much their parents use their devices, a new study finds. Kathleen Finlay/Getty Images hide caption

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Parent strategies that work to curb tween screen time

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Sunday

Girls in the U.S. are getting their period earlier. Here's what parents should know

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Friday

Researchers say multiple factors are likely impacting early puberty, including obesity, stress and endocrine-disrupting hormones which are widespread in the environment. SDI Productions/Getty Images/E+ hide caption

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Girls in the U.S. are getting their period earlier. Here's what parents should know

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Sunday

CDC report finds 1 in 9 American kids has been diagnosed with ADHD

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Thursday

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopment disorders among children. SIphotography/Getty Images hide caption

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Monday

Research shows kids who spend two hours a day outside are less likely to develop myopia. nazar_ab/Getty Images hide caption

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Want to protect your kids' eyes from myopia? Get them to play outside

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Sunday

Recent research shows nearly 1 in 5 school-age children and adolescents are now using melatonin on a regular basis to help them sleep. Elva Etienne/Getty Images hide caption

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New guidelines aim to make melatonin safer for kids

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Wednesday

While not an official holiday, National Siblings Day on April 10 has gained momentum on social media in recent years. Diana Haronis/Getty Images hide caption

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National Siblings Day is a celebration born of love — and grief

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Saturday

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Blended families are common. Here are tips to help stepsiblings get along

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Tuesday

Experts weigh in on how to foster healthy stepsibling relationships

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Thursday

Most Americans also say women should be allowed to travel for medical care – including an abortion, a new KFF poll finds. Gracey Zhang for NPR hide caption

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Most Americans support abortion for pregnancy-related emergencies

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Friday

An illustration of the blastocyst stage of embryo development at about five to nine days after fertilization. The outer layer will grow to form the placenta. The inner cells will become the fetus. Juan Gaertner/Getty Images/Science Photo Library hide caption

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The science of IVF: What to know about Alabama's 'extrauterine children' ruling

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Wednesday

Tai chi has many health benefits. It improves flexibility, reduces stress and can help lower blood pressure. Ruth Jenkinson/Getty Images/Science Photo Library hide caption

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Tai chi reduces blood pressure better than aerobic exercise, study finds

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Research: Tai chi may be better at reducing blood pressure than aerobic exercise

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Sunday

Kids who have dogs get a boost in physical activity - especially young girls. Kristina Kamburova Photography/Getty Images hide caption

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Do your kids want a dog? Science may be on their side

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Friday

Children who have dogs, especially girls, get an exercise boost, study finds

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Thursday

A two-paper investigation published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health finds that pediatric care for nonwhite children is universally worse across the United States. ER Productions Limited/Getty Images hide caption

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Kids of color get worse health care across the board in the U.S., research finds

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Research shows U.S. children of color get worse health care across the board

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Saturday

Five U.S. cities which imposed taxes on sugary drinks saw prices rise and sales fall by 33%, according to a new study. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Cities with soda taxes saw sales of sugary drinks fall as prices rose, study finds

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Friday

In cities with sugary drink taxes, prices went up and purchases dropped

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Saturday

Nearly 6% of preschoolers, ages 1 to 4, had been given the sleep supplement melatonin, according to a recent survey. Aya Koike/Getty Images hide caption

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What parents need to know before giving kids melatonin

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