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.

A Berkshire Community College pennant at an open house in 2018.
Berkshire Community College

Berkshire Community College has put its nursing program on hold, as it continues to struggle through its accreditation process.

Pamela Means.
Julian Parker-Burns / Courtesy Pamela Means

Protest rock was once fueled by the Vietnam War and civil rights. But every era has musicians who use their art to make a point — and these days, there are plenty of points to make.

Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

The campus police chief for both Smith and Mount Holyoke colleges has been put on administrative leave following protests about his perceived political views.

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. 

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