Karen Brown

Radio & Print Journalist Location: , ,

Karen can speak to how to interview subjects about mental health, audio and podcasting, story structure and reporting troubleshooting.

Karen Brown is a radio and print journalist, based in Western Massachusetts, with a 25-year history of local and national reporting, personal essays, narrative pieces, audio documentaries — and most recently, a podcast series. She focuses on health, mental health, children’s issues, poverty, and other topics on the human condition.

She has been a full-time radio reporter since 1998 for New England Public Radio, the NPR affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts. Her stories have aired nationally on National Public Radio, American RadioWorks, Marketplace Radio, and other outlets. Karen freelances widely for print and online publications, including The New York TimesThe Boston GlobeThe Washington Post, and Slate. She also teaches journalism and storytelling and consults for reporter trainings.


Project: The effects of mental illnesses on siblings, from growing up with a brother or sister with a mental illness to forging relationships as an adult.