Sanden Totten Science Reporter
Sanden Totten is KPCC's Science Reporter. He covers everything from space exploration and medical technology to endangered species and the latest earthquake research. He's also co-producer of Brains On!, a podcast for kids and curious adults about the scientific mysteries of the universe.
Before joining KPCC's Science Desk, Sanden was a producer for Take Two and the Madeleine Brand Show. He began his career in journalism at Minnesota Public Radio where he co-created the show "In The Loop," and helped develop the Public Insight Network, a crowd-sourcing tool designed to bring unique perspectives to the news.
Sanden is the winner of several honors, including the Radio and TV News Association’s Golden Mike for “Best Radio Medical and Science Reporting” and the National Entertainment Journalism's award for “Best Radio News Story.” In 2011 he was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, he graduated from Oberlin College in 2004 with a BA in Psychology and English.
Sanden has lived in Sweden and Japan and speaks both languages. He's a fan of comics, fast music and movies about time travel.
Stories by Sanden Totten
Kei Iwamoto, a radiation researcher with UCLA, says the pollution may pose a threat to the immediate area — but beachgoers in California shouldn't worry.
A list of seismically vulnerable buildings in L.A. will be available to city officials next month. It complies risky structures with a non-ductile concrete design.
Tesla's all electric Model S scored the highest possible rating in federal crash tests. The company released a statement claiming it's the safest car ever tested.
In 2014 NASA will launch three new scientific missions designed to study the effects of climate change on Earth.
Next year, NASA's JPL will launch three missions focused on Earth. One will track soil moisture, another will study global C02, and a third will monitor wind patterns.
Government employees regularly sample and test ocean water. It's their job to make sure people don't get sick from swimming in polluted areas.
Opponents of the Hollywood Millennium Towers say emails show the city had concerns about the fault that weren't included in an Environmental Impact Report.
Red tide is a dangerous phenomenon that can sicken and even kill sea animals. To help scientists understand these tidessan USC has designed a seafaring robot.
In its first year on the red planet, the six-wheeled rover has driven a little bit more than a mile, drilled into rocks and performed chemical and mineral analysis.
A squirrel was recently found with bubonic plague in Angeles National Forrest. It's just the latest case in a 100 year history of the disease in California.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is planning a west coast cruise to study how rising levels of ocean acid are affecting marine life.
Developing a new drug, exploring space or mapping the human brain can cost millions. So some researchers are turning to the public for funding.
Federal grants for scientific research are getting harder to get. So many scientists are turning to the public to help fund their studies.
It was the deadliest single day for U.S. firefighters since Sept. 11. Here are the stories of some of those who died, including the five Californians.
The NRDC releases its annual report on the state of the nation's beaches. Among the 30 states with coasts, California ranked 20th.