I am Arikia Millikan. I’m a freelance journalist off to tell the world about the fascinating people I meet and the things I learn. My specialties are science, technology, intense research, personal profiles, and illuminating dark corners of the world.
I’m a former Wired editor and am currently heading up Wired’s new travel blog. I’ve contributed to Vice, Medium, The Verge, The Atlantic Tech, Gizmodo, Psychology Today, Prevention, Thought Catalog, and more. I’ve done technical project management for ScienceBlogs and Longshot Magazine.
I acknowledge that as a journalist, my interactions with the people while reporting may shape the trajectory of events as they unfold. I am committed to practicing socially responsible journalism and hope that the work I do will contribute to the betterment of society in some way.
The Millikan Daily is a personal blog. It contains my personal opinions, reflections, and analyses of anything I feel so compelled to write about. I try to blog every day as an exercise to strengthen my overall writing abilities, but I find it therapeutic as well. I’ve got some issues to work out, so bear with me if they surface occasionally.
A bit of history: After attending the University of Michigan, where I was a psychology major and an editor at The Michigan Daily, I packed my bags and moved to New York City. I currently live in Brooklyn in a neighborhood called Bushwick, which is where people who lived in Williamsburg retreat when they are over the scene. I used to moonlight at an awesomely defunct computer lab called The Internet Garage, where I began blogging under a pseudonym.
My first journalism job was wrangling bloggers at ScienceBlogs.com, formerly owned by Seed Media Group. After that, one of the Science Bloggers recommended me to Nate Silver‘s literary agent and he hired me as his research assistant for the book he was working on. We traveled around the country interviewing the most interesting people we could find about the most interesting topics we could think of, with me heading up the science and tech departments. His book, The Signal and the Noise, was released in September of 2012 and went to the top of the New York Times and Amazon bestseller lists.
I started working at Wired in 2010, first as a community manager of Haiti Rewired, a website created to find technology and infrastructure solutions for the earthquake-ravaged country. In the fall of 2010, I cofounded Wired Science Blogs. In January of 2011 I was given the task of revamping Wired.com’s How-To Wiki, a database of DIY instruction guides, and was appointed Community Manager of Wired.com. In the fall of 2011 I was promoted to full-time Editor at Wired, where I worked until the fall of 2012.
For a more thorough look at my work, please visit my portfolio site, arikiamillikan.com.