Erik Campano’s professional mission is to help provide emergency humanitarian medical aid in crisis and post-crisis zones worldwide, and to document global health care conditions via broadcast and new media. Currently, he is academic consultant to the medical school of the University of Turin, Italy, and pursuing his Master’s degree in Cognitive Science at the University of Umeå, Sweden, researching applications of artificial intelligence in communication and biomedical sciences. He is formerly Chief Research Associate at the Emergency Department of Columbia University-affiliated New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and a researcher at Columbia Health. He was Senior Producer of a 2015 long-form radio series, The Best Medicine, in New York City, on WKRC-Columbia University. Campano was local host of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered at WSHU in Fairfield, Connecticut, anchored 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 served as afternoon news anchor at WSTC/WNLK in Norwalk, Connecticut, now owned by WSHU. 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 wing of ARD (German Public Broadcasting), and German-English translator for the press office of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science. Campano has also written and edited for Patheos, the web’s premiere portal with original content on faith and non-faith, where he applies classic journalistic techniques to new multimedia technologies at Stories Untold. A strong advocate for victims and the prevention of gender-based violence, Campano has been quoted in US national publications such as Newsweek, New York Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Huffington Post, as well as Italy’s Corriere della Sera. He won a Columbia University Student Service Award “for contributing to the dialogue about sexual respect around campus.” Campano has also won numerous awards for radio production from the Connecticut Associated Press and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists.
Campano’s journalistic work on developing countries sparked 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 at the University of Paris-Descartes. 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. He has volunteered in East Harlem at Exodus Transitional Community, which helps recently incarcerated men and women re-integrate into society, and with a Columbia University Social Justice Medicine roving clinical unit in Nicaragua. He was born and raised in Connecticut and is of first-generation German, Filipino, and Italian descent.