Madhulika Sikka


Madhulika Sikka is the public editor of PBS. In that role she serves as the interlocutor between the audience and PBS and the creators of the content that PBS airs.

She has worked for NBC News in London and CBS News in Tokyo.

She was at ABC News Nightline with Ted Koppel for more than 13 years where she rose from researcher for Koppel to senior producer of the broadcast. She left ABC News for NPR in 2006 where she served as executive producer of Morning Edition, the most listened to radio news program in America. Then, Sikka became executive editor of NPR News, overseeing domestic and international coverage, including 17 overseas bureaus, setting the standard and vision for NPR’s coverage. Following a stint at digital-first outlet, she acted as an independent media consultant advising on editorial, talent and organizational strategy. 

She is a recipient of multiple awards for her journalism including Emmys, duPonts, Peabodys, as well as from NABJSAJA, the RTNDA and the RTCA. Sikka is also a writer and author. Her book, A Breast Cancer Alphabet, was published by Crown in 2014.  In 2017, she created and curated a book discovery project, 52 weeks 52 books 52 women, a website and podcast.