Karen Brown

Senior Reporter

Karen is a radio and print journalist who focuses on health care, mental health, children’s issues, and other topics about the human condition. She has been a full-time radio reporter since for New England Public Radio since 1998. Her pieces have won a number of national awards, including the National Edward R. Murrow Award, Public Radio News Directors, Inc. (PRNDI) Award, and the Erikson Prize for Mental Health Reporting for her body of work on mental illness.

Karen previously worked as a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer in its South Jersey bureau. She earned a Masters of Journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley in 1996.

She lives with her husband Sean, and twin children, Sam and Lucy, in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Northampton, Massachusetts, author Debra Jo Immergut.
Submitted / Stephen Lewis

After years of editing a lifestyle magazine, Northampton, Massachusetts, writer Debra Jo Immergut has published her first novel. 

Irida Kakhtiranova, who's living at the Unitarian Church in Northampton, Massachusetts, making pierogies.
Karen Brown / NEPR

On a recent morning, Irida Kakhtiranova was rolling out a ball of dough on the metallic table in the Unitarian church kitchen in Northampton, Massachusetts.

People detained at a facility in McAllen, Texas, on June 17, 2018.
Provided / U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector

A Harvard brain scientist who studies trauma in children is warning of lasting damage to the young migrants who've been separated from their parents at the border.

Revelers at a Dead & Company show in Hartford, Connecticut, in June 2018.
Karen Brown / New England Public Radio

Recently, I decided to revisit my youth and go to a Dead show.

For the uninitiated, Dead & Company includes a few original members of the iconic '60s band The Grateful Dead, plus a few other musicians.

A train sitting on the platform at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

The Baker administration has announced two major steps towards increased train service in western Massachusetts.

Nurse Rachel Walker, demonstrating one of her inventions.
Heather Duggan / UMass

A UMass Amherst nursing professor has been named to a national panel of inventors -- the first nurse to be honored alongside engineers and computer scientists from companies like Microsoft and IBM.

Ciro, a retired police dog, is led into the Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital for his last call.
Karen Brown / New England Public Radio

Earlier this week, police officers from across western Massachusetts paid their respects to a fellow member of the force: a terminally ill dog from the Pittsfield K-9 unit.

Dave Murphy, candidate for Massachusetts Senate.
Submitted photo / State House News Service

A fourth Democrat -- and third write-in candidate -- has announced plans to run for the seat left vacant by Massachusetts state Senator Stan Rosenberg.

Pregnant woman.
Tatiana Vdb / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/kit4na

UMass researchers say taking short walks can increase the chance of getting pregnant, at least for some women.

The new Live155 housing complex in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Karen Brown / NEPR

Cities in New England and elsewhere used to be dotted with SROs. That stands for single-room occupancy, a type of affordable housing often considered a last resort before homelessness. 

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