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John Dankosky

Director of News and Audio for Science Friday - Panelist Blurb

John Dankosky is the Director of News and Audio, and a frequent guest host of the popular public radio program Science Friday.

Dankosky came to science journalism through his coverage of climate change and environmental issues with Connecticut Public Radio and the New England News Collaborative. 

He has also covered national, state and local news as co-host of the national talk program America Amplified, and founding host of the regional magazine show NEXT, along with statewide programs Where We Live and The Wheelhouse. He was there at the start as a "founding friend" of the Connecticut Mirror, where he hosts live events and podcasts, including Untold with Mercy Quaye.

A regular contributor to NPR, Dankosky has worked with the network to build journalism collaborations and is now heading up Science Friday's State of Science Reporting Network, bringing together great science reporting from across the country.

Dankosky has produced and edited national award-winning, long-form documentaries on mental health and care for the elderly, and has also reported hundreds of short segments for NPR and public radio stations, ranging from gun policy to basketball to virtual reality.

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), Binge-Worthy Journalism: Backstage With the Creators of Serial (2015), The Future of Higher Education (2016), The State of Journalism & the News (2018), Big Tech (2018), Climate Crisis (2019), Historians (2021), Life In 2042 (2022), and Misinformation and Finding the Truth (2023). 

You can also see him moderating live events for The International Festival of Arts & Ideas and reading poetry as part of the popular holiday program from Chorus Angelicus & Gaudeamus called Christmas Angelicus

Dankosky is a certified yoga teacher, and with his wife Jen, co-owns LAM Yoga in New Hartford. They live in the sleepy Litchfield hills in an old farmhouse, with several cats.