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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

NASA helps write the rules for private drone use

In 2015, the FAA will open the skies to limited use of private drones. NASA is helping that agency develop flight safety guidelines for these unmanned vehicles.

10 years of Disney Hall: From 'Temple of Doom' to LA icon

The eye-catching concert hall celebrates its 10th anniversary in October. Initially met with skepticism, the building is now considered a major success.

LA activists continue to recruit for Obamacare

A Republican-led effort in Congress hopes to delay Obamacare for one year. However, LA activists are undeterred in their efforts to promote medical insurance.

Robert Stebbins, renowned field biologist, dies at 98

Author of the definitive guide to California reptiles and amphibians dies at the age of 98, shortly after having a new species named in his honor.

Who needs snakes? LAX has 'legless lizards' (Photos)

Researchers once thought a single species of 'legless lizard' lived in California, but a new survey found five distinct species spread through the region.

Downey hopes to highlight its role in space history

The city of Downey was once a hub of America's efforts to explore space, but few in the community southeast of Los Angeles remember those glory days.

Blue-footed Booby causes a flutter in LA (PHOTOS)

An unusually high number of Blue-footed Boobies have been spotted in LA County recently, giving local bird watchers a chance to see an uncommon species close to home.

Voyager: What does deep space sound like? Have a listen

Voyager 1 has crossed a new frontier, becoming the first spacecraft ever to leave the solar system, NASA said Thursday, and it sent back an audio postcard of its trip across the threshold.

Tracking California's 'Super Salamanders' (Slideshow)

Researchers try to save the California Tiger Salamander from an encroaching transplant.

What sort of damage could a West Coast tsunami do here?

The USGS released a study looking at the damage a major tsunami could do in Southern California. The scenario is based on a real life disaster that happened in 1964.

What's behind Southern California's recent heat and humidity?

A high pressure system combined with storms off the coast of Baja California have led to the recent heat and humidity in Los Angeles.

How blazes like the Rim Fire create their own weather (VIDEO)

Extreme fires like the Rim Fire can create dangerous weather patterns. That can mean strong winds, thunderstorms and sometimes even fire tornadoes.

Ex-JPL director Bruce Murray, co-founder of Planetary Society, dies at 81

Bruce Murray co-founded the Planetary Society with long-time friends and colleagues, Carl Sagan and Louis Friedman in 1979.

Hearty giant sequoias threatened by 'unusually hot' Rim Fire

Two groves of giant sequoias are in the projected path of the Rim Fire. The sky-high trees are usually able to withstand a wildfire, but this one may be different.

What's Missy Elliott doing at a Korean Pop festival?

This weekend Korean pop stars perform in LA at KCON. Also on the bill is Missy Elliott, she's one of many US stars now collaborating with K-Pop icons.