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Joe Palca        

Joe Palca is a science correspondent for NPR.

Joe Palca is a science correspondent for NPR. Since joining NPR in 1992, Joe Palca has covered a range of science topics -- everything from biomedical research to astronomy. In addition to his science reporting, Joe Palca is backup host for Talk of the Nation Science Friday.

Joe Palca began his journalism career in television in 1982, working as a health producer for the CBS affiliate in Washington, DC. In 1986, Palca left television for a seven-year stint as a print journalist, first as the Washington news editor for Nature, and then as a senior correspondent for Science Magazine. Joe Palca comes to journalism from a science background, having received a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz where he worked on human sleep physiology.

In October of 1999, Joe Palca took a one-year leave from NPR to become a Kaiser Family Foundation Media Fellow. Joe Palca spent the year studying human clinical trials.

Joe Palca has won numerous awards, including the National Academies Communications Award, the Science-in-Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers, the American Chemical Society James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Prize, and the Ohio State Award.

Joe Palca was president of the National Association of Science Writers from 1999-2000. He lives in Washington, D.C, with his wife and two sons.

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