Karen is a longform reporter and editor. Most recently, she was a host of
NPR's Planet Money and, before that, a reporter at This American Life and More Perfect. Karen's stories have appeared on Radiolab, Reply All, Rough Translation, On the Media, The Rumpus and others. She is
also a live storytelling performer, telling stories for shows like The Moth,
Pop Up Magazine and Porchlight. Karen taught / teaches audio documentary at the Columbia, NYUand CUNY Graduate Schools of Journalism. Previously, Karen was a Moth story coach and an editor at
The Rumpus and Cowbird.
Karen's stories blend in-depth reporting with narrative storytelling about everything from the death penalty to the world’s largest treehouse, gerrymandering, America's first major interrogation program, teenage angst, public housing, religion, pandemic testing and a showdown in a Utah strip mall parking lot. Her Rough Translation story that followed an ISIS hostage rescue mission for 4+ years won the Overseas Press Club award for the
best international audio reporting of 2019.
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 graduate of the Transom audio documentary program.