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.

Various life stages of the winter moth.
Bob Childs / Dave Wagner / University of Massachusetts Amherst

UMass Amherst insect researchers say they've eliminated the threat of the winter moth -- which feeds on maple, oak, and other trees -- without the use of pesticides.

Congressman Richard Neal, at left, and attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud.
DAVE ROBACK / JOYCE SKOWYRA / THE REPUBLICAN / MASSLIVE.COM/PHOTOS // NEPR

In the 1st Congressional District of Massachusetts, a 15-term incumbent who hasn’t faced a serious challenger in years is up against a black, female Muslim lawyer with only a fraction of his campaign money.

A gambling scene.
Ralf Steinberger / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/ralf-steinberger/

Massachusetts is offering a program called GameSense to help prevent compulsive gambling. But where can people go when that program doesn't work?

Poker chips.
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As MGM opens in Springfield, Massachusetts, regulators and casino operators are required to make sure problem gamblers have access to help. There’s a new program called GameSense they hope will fulfill that promise.

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.

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