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Biography of Erik Campano

Erik Campano is working to become a doctor specializing in humanitarian medicine and global health, as a current researcher in Emergency Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital and student of biomedical sciences at Columbia University. For nearly a decade he worked as a broadcast news anchor. He hosted National Public Radio’s All Things Considered at WSHU in Fairfield, Connecticut and the weekend news at WNYC Public Radio in New York City, and filed nationally for National Public Radio and Marketplace from American Public Media. Campano also anchored afternoon news at WSTC/WNLK in Norwalk, Connecticut. He has also hosted and reported the world news and reported on French culture at Radio France Internationale, and contributed as an editor at France24 Television, both in Paris. Prior to this he was a reporter and host of the world news at Deutsche Welle Radio, the international broadcasting wing of ARD (German Public Broadcasting). His journalistic work on third world development spurred an interest in humanitarian medicine, and he studied biomedical sciences at the University of Paris between 2009 and 2011, finishing the première année commune aux études de santé.

Campano completed his undergraduate work in 2000 in Symbolic Systems with a minor in Religious Studies at Stanford University in California, and spent the following year in Hakodate, Japan, with Stanford’s Volunteers in Asia program. Campano has won numerous awards for radio production from the Connecticut Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists. He volunteers at Exodus, a transitional community in East Harlem for recently incarcerated men and women, based on the belief that all people are capable of overcoming socioeconomic struggles no matter what stigma they face.

Raised into the Roman Catholic tradition, Campano now self-identifies as religiously unaffiliated. He lives in Manhattan, was born and raised in Connecticut, and is of first-generation German, Filipino, and Italian descent.