Madhulika Sikka

Madhulika Sikka is Executive Editor for NPR News, a role she joined in January 2013. As Executive Editor, Sikka oversees all desks and reporters, and helps set the agenda for the entire News division.

Previously, Sikka was executive producer of NPR's Morning Edition, public radio's most-listened-to program. Under her leadership, Morning Edition traveled across the globe and the country reporting on the defining issues of our time, including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award and NABJ award-winning "The York Project: Race and the '08 Vote." In 2010, Morning Edition traveled The Grand Trunk Road a ground-breaking journey along the famed highway through India and Pakistan examining the challenges facing the youth in one of the world's most volatile areas. Under her tenure, Morning Edition hosts reported from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and, most recently, along the Revolutionary Road: Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.

Sikka, an award-winning news producer, joined NPR in 2006 as supervising senior producer of Morning Edition and was promoted to deputy executive producer in 2008 and executive producer in 2009.

Prior to her arrival at NPR, Sikka worked for ABC News's Nightline, where she was a senior producer responsible for all aspects of the daily news broadcast, including editorial decisions and production. She joined Nightline in 1992 as a researcher and was promoted to producer. Prior to joining ABC News, she worked for World Monitor Television, CBS News, and NBC News.

She is the recipient of four Emmys, two duPont awards, a Barone award, two Peabodys, three SAJA Awards, and an NABJ Award. She was also the recipient of the India Abroad Publisher's Award for Special Excellence 2009. She is the author of the forthcoming book: A Breast Cancer Alphabet.

Under her direction are the dedicated journalists and staff of a program that draws an audience of almost 13 million listeners each week — listeners who loyally tune to the program for global news, commentary, and arts coverage. One of the most respected newsmagazines in the world, Morning Edition airs Monday through Friday on more than 700 public radio stations across the United States.

She received a BA from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies and an M.Phil in Economics and Politics of Development from Cambridge University.

3:46pm

Mon February 24, 2014
Shots - Health News

Mammogram Uncertainty Gives Patients, Doctors More Reason To Talk

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 7:46 am

Katherine Streeter for NPR

I am 51 years old and have had a yearly mammogram, more or less, since the age of 40.

I got them despite the fact that there is no history of breast cancer in my family. I did it because that was what my doctor and others, including the American Cancer Society, recommended.

Three years ago, I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma in situ breast cancer after a screening mammogram. I underwent a mastectomy and chemotherapy. The doctors say my prognosis is good.

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5:16pm

Tue November 12, 2013
The Salt

Chef Chat: We Pick The Brains Of Ottolenghi And Tamimi

Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi grab a quick breakfast with NPR's Madhulika Sikka. They stopped by NPR in October to talk food philosophy.
Morgan Walker/ NPR

Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi own four wildly popular London restaurants and have authored runaway best-selling cookbooks for omnivores and vegetarians alike.

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12:05pm

Fri July 12, 2013
All Tech Considered

Everything Old Is New Again: The Toilet-Sink Edition

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 1:52 pm

The Latvian sink-urinal sells for about $590.
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12:23pm

Thu January 17, 2013
The Salt

4 Tips To Help A Foodie Get Through Chemo

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 3:12 pm

Some of the author's favorite foods, like yogurt, just didn't taste good during chemo.
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When I was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago, it was clear that I would be thinking about a lot of things — myriad doctor visits, multiple tests, surgeries and chemotherapy.

Here are some things I knew about chemotherapy going in: it is unpleasant; it poisons your body; it makes you nauseated.

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1:33pm

Fri August 3, 2012
The Torch

Going To The Games: A Spectator's View Of The London Olympics

Tickets to London 2012 events come with a travel pass.
Madhulika Sikka NPR

To find out what the London Olympics are like for the average fan, we asked Morning Edition executive producer Madhulika Sikka — a Brit who's vacationing in London — to describe it for us. Sikka received tickets through the lottery.

Congratulations, you've secured tickets for an Olympic event, and London 2012 awaits you. So, what's it like to navigate a city that has been bracing itself for the throng of Olympic visitors?

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6:17pm

Tue July 31, 2012
The Torch

Fed Up (As Usual) With NBC? Check Out The View From London On The BBC

On its website, NBC reported the U.S. women's gymnastics team's gold medal Tuesday. But if you were watching on American TV, you had to wait until prime time to see the competition.
NBC

'Morning Edition' executive producer Madhulika Sikka is back in her native Britain on vacation. And in contrast to what she's hearing from her American friends, the viewing choices there for the Olympics are staggering, she says.

The 2012 Summer Olympics are in full swing. And there is one gold medal America wins without fail, every four years. It's for the sport of complaining about NBC's tape-delayed coverage of the Olympic Games.

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