Shankar Vedantam is a correspondent for NPR News. The focus of his reporting is on how human behavior shapes the news. He was formerly a reporter at The Washington Post and from 2007 to 2009, wrote the Post’s Department of Human Behavior column. He is the author of the 2010 non-fiction book, The Hidden Brain: How our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars and Save Our Lives.
Shankar has traveled widely across the nation to speak about his work, and has been invited to teach at several academic institutions, including Harvard University and Columbia University. In 2010, he completed a two year-term as a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. In 2009-2010, Shankar was a fellow at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University.
Throughout his career, Shankar has been recognized with many journalism hours including awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Pennsylvania Associate press Managing Editors, the South Asian Journalists Association, the Asian American Journalists Association, the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, and the American Public Health Association.