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John Dankosky

Director of News and Radio Projects for Science Friday - Panelist Blurb

John Dankosky is Director of News and Radio Projects for Science Friday, helping lead the staff of the weekly public radio show. He’s also been a long-time guest host on the popular program.

Dankosky likes building radio collaborations. He helped bring together 18 stations across the Northeast to cover environmental issues, which eventually led to the New England News Collaborative. He has also worked with NPR on their Collaborative Coverage Project and with the national talk program America Amplified. Now, Dankosky is working to build the State of Science Reporting Network, bringing together great science reporting from across the country.

For 25 years, Dankosky oversaw news programming at WNPR, where he started the daily talk show, Where We Live, and the weekly regional program, NEXT. He produced and edited award-winning long-form documentaries on mental health and care for the elderly, and has reported hundreds of segments for NPR, including one about virtual reality in dentistry that’s actually pretty embarrassing to listen to now.

Dankosky has moderated many Connecticut Forum conversations, including Our Fragile Earth (2012), Vision & Brilliance (2012), An Honest Look at Mental Illness (2014), Debating Our Broken Political System (2014), The Science of Our Minds (2016), The Future of Higher Education (2016), The State of Journalism & the News (2018), Big Tech (2018), and Climate Crisis (2019). You can also see him doing live events for The Connecticut Mirror and The International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

Dankosky and his wife have four cats, thousands of bees, and a yoga studio in the sleepy Northwest hills of Connecticut. He grew up in Pittsburgh and is as big a Mr. Rogers fan as you’ll find anywhere.