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.

The town hall in Hadley, Massachusetts.
John Phelan / Creative Commons

The Hadley, Massachusetts, planning board wants to put to rest a controversy over comments made by one of its members. But some critics are still not satisfied.

Westfield State University, in Westfield, Mass.
File photo / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Faculty at Westfield State University have overwhelmingly voted no confidence in President Ramon Torrecilha. 

Slot machines at the MGM casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Karen Brown / NEPR

Half a year since the opening of the MGM casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, some mental health counselors are seeing an uptick in gambling among clients — though not necessarily an increase in people seeking addiction treatment.

Hampshire College President Miriam Nelson.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

At a press conference on January 15, Hampshire College President Miriam Nelson announced the small, liberal arts college was seeking a "strategic partner." She didn't specify any potential partners, or say whether it would necessarily be another school.

Hampshire College President Miriam Nelson walking on campus.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

Faculty at Hampshire College this week voted on a resolution to express no confidence in the leadership of the Amherst, Massachusetts, institution. But because of technical problems, a faculty committee chose not to validate the results.