As head of NPR's science desk, Andrea Kissack leads the network's coverage of medical research, public health, consumer health and mental health. She also oversees the desk's coverage of global health, climate and general sciences. She works collaboratively to develop high-impact initiatives that engage diverse audiences across platforms. Kissack has helped to launch several initiatives at NPR including the daily science podcast Short Wave and the public service consumer podcast Life Kit. Through powerful storytelling, teamwork and partnerships, her mission is to bring a deeper understanding of the events and actions that shape the world around us.
Previously, Kissack served as the Deputy Senior Supervising Editor of the digital team on the Science desk, where she provided leadership, integration, and collaboration of the desk's work in visual, animation, text, graphics, and audio.
Prior to her time at NPR, Kissack worked at KQED, where she was Senior Editor for ten years of the station's award-winning multimedia science coverage. She also served as the Senior Producer for the California Report, KQED's statewide news service. In addition to having worked at other member stations including KLON in Long Beach and WUSF in Tampa, she has reported for KNX, the CBS affiliate in Los Angeles.
Kissack has shared her varied experience as a teacher of multimedia storytelling and broadcast journalism at several colleges and universities. She graduated from Ohio University and received her Master of Arts in telecommunication management.