Pien Huang Pien Huang is a correspondent on the Science desk. She was NPR's first Reflect America Fellow, working with shows, desks and podcasts to bring more diverse voices to air and online.
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Pien Huang

Correspondent, Science Desk

Pien Huang is a reporter on the Science desk, covering public health and health disparities. She also guest hosts on NPR news programs, and narrates the Moments in History series on the NPR One app.

She joined NPR in 2019 as the newsroom's first Reflect America Fellow, working with shows, desks and podcasts to bring more diverse voices to air and online. Her reporting, with NPR's visuals team, on tracking COVID-19 data won a 2022 Edward R. Murrow award.

She's a former producer for WBUR/NPR's On Point and a 2018 Environmental Reporting Fellow with The GroundTruth Project at WCAI in Cape Cod, covering the human impact on climate change. As a freelance reporter, Huang's stories on the environment, arts and culture were featured on NPR, the BBC and PRI's The World.

Huang's experiences span categories and continents. She was executive producer of Data Made to Matter, a podcast from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and has taught podcasting and audio journalism at Northeastern University.

In a detour from journalism, she worked as a project manager for public artist Ralph Helmick to help plan and execute The Founder's Memorial in Abu Dhabi. Huang has traveled with scientists looking for signs of environmental change in Cameroon's frogs, in Panama's plants and in the ocean water off the ice edge of Antarctica. She has a degree in environmental science and public policy from Harvard.

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Wednesday

Thousands of fireflies emerge in South Carolina to put on a mind-blowing light show

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Sunday

Synchronous fireflies, known as Photuris frontalis, blink in the woods near the Congaree River on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, in Columbia, S.C. Congaree National Park holds an annual event for visitors to view the fireflies, which blink for a few weeks every May and June. Sam Wolfe for NPR hide caption

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Saturday

Cows graze at a dairy farm in La Grange, Texas, that sells raw milk to the public.
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Limited testing of raw milk for bird flu leaves safety questions unanswered

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Wednesday

A bird flu outbreak among dairy cows sparks new warnings about unpasteurized milk

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Friday

Bird flu has reached the commercial milk supply

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The Flint River water starts flowing to Flint, Mich. on April 25, 2014. Without corrosion control, lead leeched from the pipes. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images hide caption

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Tuesday

The U.S. has a new heat warning system called HeatRisk

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Monday

Scholars Susan Ashbrook Harvey, left, and Robin Darling Young became 'sworn siblings' after an ancient ritual at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Keren Carrion/NPR; Jodi Hilton for NPR hide caption

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How two good friends became sworn siblings — with the revival of an ancient ritual

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Friday

Following a new EPA rule, public water systems will have five years to address instances where there is too much PFAS in tap water – three years to sample their systems and establish the existing levels of PFAS, and an additional two years to install water treatment technologies if their levels are too high. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Wednesday

EPA is limiting PFAS chemicals in drinking water in the U.S. Rogelio V. Solis/AP hide caption

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EPA puts limits on 'forever chemicals' in drinking water

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Tuesday

A look at the ancient practice that turned friends into family

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Monday

Many cities have older lead service lines connecting homes to the water system. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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Lead in the drinking water is still a problem in the U.S. — especially in Chicago

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Tuesday

Pfizer's Paxlovid combines two antiviral drugs to fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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In a pandemic milestone, the NIH ends guidance on COVID treatment

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Friday

After 4 years, NIH is sunsetting its influential COVID-19 treatment guidelines

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Sunday

Jon Kabat-Zinn is a leading researcher into the health effects of meditation. He developed the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction protocol in 1979. D Dipasupil/Getty Images hide caption

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Friday

The CDC has overhauled its COVID-19 isolation guidelines, saying the virus no longer represents the same threat to public health as it did several years ago. Markus Schreiber/AP hide caption

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Got COVID? CDC says stay home while you're sick, but drops its 5-day isolation rule

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The CDC is revising its COVID guidelines, dropping the five-day isolation period

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Wednesday

A dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. When an unvaccinated person is exposed to measles, public health guidance if for them to get vaccinated within three days. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Florida's response to measles outbreak troubles public health experts

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Tuesday

Florida's response to a measles outbreak endangers children, experts say

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Monday

CDC data shows the HPV vaccine is not reaching many young people

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Wednesday

Tested positive for COVID and wondering whether you should isolate? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may soon change its guidelines. Patrick Sison/AP hide caption

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The CDC may be reconsidering its COVID isolation guidance

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Tuesday

The CDC may soon drop its isolation guidance for people with COVID-19

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Wednesday

A naked mole rat on display in the Small Mammal House at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. Roshan Patel, Smithsonian's National Zoo hide caption

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Friday

A student named Royce closes his eyes during a mindfulness session in class at Patricia J. Sullivan Partnership School in Tampa, Fla. Students say the daily lessons help them cope with their feelings. Octavio Jones for NPR hide caption

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To help these school kids deal with trauma, mindfulness lessons over the loudspeaker

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