Karen is a reporter and co-host of NPR's Planet Money.


She was a producer at This American Life prior to that, and started 

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, religion, the influence of insurance on police reform and a showdown in a Utah strip mall parking lot. Her story about an ISIS hostage rescue mission 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.

Pop Up Magazine and others. 

her journalism life as a freelancer, reporting stories for Radiolab, Reply All, More Perfect, Rough Translation, On the Media, The Moth, 

Karen taught / teaches audio documentary at the Columbia, NYU and CUNY Graduate Schools of Journalism. She is also currently a producer on an upcoming documentary film by Oscar-winning filmmaker Katy Scoggin. And was previously a Moth story coach and an editor at The Rumpus and Cowbird