Priyanka Runwal

Science Resident

Priyanka Runwal is a health and environment journalist from India based in New York City. She's currently a science resident at National Geographic covering COVID-19, health, and other science stories. Runwal was previously freelancing full-time and her work has appeared in The New York Times, Scientific American, National Geographic, Science News, STAT, Audubon, Hakai Magazine, among other publications. She also dabbled in data journalism as a freelance reporter for Climate Central. Runwal is a graduate of the UC, Santa Cruz science communication program and an ecologist by training in her former life.


From providing accurate COVID-19 information to advocating for testing and vaccination with cultural sensitivity, these community healthcare workers were key to serving marginalized Hispanic populations.