Her stories blend in-depth reporting with narrative storytelling about everything from the
death penalty to the world’s largest treehouse, America's first major interrogation program,
an ISIS hostage rescue mission and a showdown in a Utah strip mall parking lot.
Before becoming a journalist, Karen spent several years as a speechwriter, working in more
than 20 countries. She managed communications for the CEO of Cisco, and later moved to India
to work with Cisco's Chief Globalization Officer. After returning to the United States, she ran communications for Cisco's corporate social responsibility program and for the Skoll Foundation.
Karen is a host and reporter for NPR's Planet Money.
She was a producer at This American Life prior to that, and started her
radio life as a freelance producer, reporting stories for Radiolab, More Perfect, The Moth, Reply All, Rough Translation, Pop Up Magazine, On the Media, and others. Karen has also been a Moth story coach, editor at The Rumpus and Cowbird and taught / teaches radio at the Columbia, NYU and CUNY Graduate Schools of Journalism.