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 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.

Book News & Features
6:03 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Author Charles Cumming Ponders The Seductions — And The Sins — Of Spying

Charles Cumming's latest book is A Colder War.
Jonathan Ring

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 11:50 am

If you were making a movie about the world of British espionage, you'd want to cast someone like Charles Cumming as your undercover agent. He's tall and handsome and self-assured and utterly charming in that self-deprecating British way. You can imagine him effortlessly gliding through the small talk of embassy parties or sweeping a gullible female officer off her feet — in service of queen and country, of course. In other words, it's easy to be seduced by him.

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You Must Read This
6:03 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Lose Yourself In The Wild Forests Of 'Those Who Wish Me Dead'

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 11:09 am

Jace Wilson is a 13-year-old boy who plans to do what many boneheaded 13-year-olds do: something dumb on a dare, to once and for all dispense with the idea that he might be a coward. But while psyching himself up to go through with the dare, he witnesses a murder — and before we know it, we're off. Michael Koryta's new novel, Those Who Wish Me Dead, sucks you in from the first page and doesn't let you go.

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Shots - Health News
2:46 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Mammogram Uncertainty Gives Patients, Doctors More Reason To Talk

Katherine Streeter for NPR

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 6:46 am

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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Author Interviews
6:01 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Adventures Ripped From The Headlines: Questions For Alex Berenson

This week sees the publication of The Counterfeit Agent, the 8th book in author Alex Berenson's thriller series featuring former military man and CIA recruit John Wells. Wells can kill with his bare hands, he likes to exorcise his demons in the dead of night, at breakneck speed on the back of a motorcycle — and by the way, he's converted to Islam (a plot point TV viewers are seeing on Homeland years after Berenson featured it). Even after leaving the CIA, Wells never really leaves his job.

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The Salt
4:16 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

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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All Tech Considered
11:05 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Everything Old Is New Again: The Toilet-Sink Edition

The Latvian sink-urinal sells for about $590.
Ingus Bajars Courtesy of Kaspar Jursons

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

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The Salt
11:23 am
Thu January 17, 2013

4 Tips To Help A Foodie Get Through Chemo

Some of the author's favorite foods, like yogurt, just didn't taste good during chemo.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 2:12 pm

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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The Torch
12:33 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

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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