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.

The Tarjick family of Cheshire, Massachusetts.
Karen Brown / NEPR

On a recent afternoon, a half dozen kids — from age two to 16 — were bustling around the Cheshire, Massachusetts, home of Missy and Dave Tarjick, their adoptive parents.

Teacher Jessica Pollard at Lee Elementary School leads her class in a mindfulness exercise.
Karen Brown / NEPR

Other than its bucolic setting in the Berkshire mountains, Lee Elementary seems like any other public school.

Police officer Darren Derby in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, gets to know area school children.
Karen Brown / NEPR

When I asked the leaders of the "Trauma-Informed Berkshires" campaign which police officer has come closest to their key goal — understanding the effects of trauma in the community — they all pointed me to one person: Darren Derby. 

Therapist Cate Wolff leads a trauma-sensitive yoga class in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Karen Brown / NEPR

A half-dozen yoga students were kneeling on their mats, breathing in, breathing out, in an historic, high-ceilinged second floor studio in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Children's shoes are displayed at Pittsfield, Massachusetts, press conference on child abuse awareness.
Karen Brown / NEPR

The people working on the "Trauma-Informed Berkshires" campaign have learned to explain their goals succinctly and consistently. 

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