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 for New England Public Radio since 1998. Her features and documentaries have won a number of national awards, including the National Edward R. Murrow Award, Public Radio News Directors, Inc. (PRNDI) Award, Third Coast Audio Festival Award, and the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize.

Karen’s work has appeared on NPR, in The New York Times, and other outlets. She previously worked as a reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer. She earned a Masters of Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley in 1996.

She lives with her husband Sean in Northampton, Massachusetts, where they are occasionally visited by their college-aged children.

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A judge in Springfield, Massachusetts, has released two criminal defendants from jail because they have not been given a state-funded defense lawyer.

A bottle of oxycodone painkillers.
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A man from South Deerfield, Massachusetts, has been indicted for selling potentially deadly, counterfeit painkillers in Kansas.

UMass Amherst food science professor Julian McClements, next to a 3D food printer.
Karen Brown / NEPR

There's a lot of debate about the safety and value of food that's been processed, from genetic modification to nutritional enhancement.

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A Massachusetts man convicted of a 1979 rape and murder in Milford is asking for a new trial, based largely on DNA evidence.

Matt Lorenz, aka The Suitcase Junket, plays in his home in Leverett, Massachusetts.
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The Suitcase Junket is a one-man band that defies neat categorization.