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.

Clean needles at Tapestry Health in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
File photo / MassLive / masslive.com/photos

The Public Health Council in Springfield, Massachusetts, is set to vote February 28 on starting a needle exchange program. And for the first time in decades, advocates think it may well pass.

UMass food scientists Lynne McLandsborough, left, and Lili He.
Karen Brown / NEPR

Food scientists at UMass Amherst have come up with a technique they say could make it a lot easier to avoid food poisoning.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette is based in Northampton, Mass.
File photo / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

The top editor at the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Greenfield Recorder said Wednesday he was fired for speaking out in favor of higher pay for female journalists, but his record on the issue was challenged within hours.

A sign for a blood drive in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Karen Brown / NEPR

The American Red Cross has raised the alert on its blood supply to "critical" -- the last step before "emergency."

Bishop Mitchell Rozanski announces a team to review Catholic schools in the Springfield, Massachusetts, diocese.
Karen Brown / NEPR

Catholic schools in western Massachusetts, like elsewhere in the country, have been losing students in recent years, and some have closed. 

Pediatrician Vinny Biggs at the Holyoke Health Center.
Karen Brown / NEPR

A wellness program in Massachusetts links together community resources to help people improve their health. It took a few years to get rolling and will soon have to end without new funding.

A U.S. Marine in Afganistan.
Sgt. Mark Fayloga / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/dvids

A new study led by a UMass Amherst researcher suggests that childhood trauma leads to higher rates of alcohol and drug use in military veterans.

Syrian youth who participated in mental health study.
Taghyeer Organization

A new study suggests that stress-reduction treatment for adolescents who've been through war can change their biology for the better.

Excerpt of love letter posted on Greenfield, Massachusetts, police Facebook page.
Courtesy of Greenfield, Mass. Police Department

Not all mysteries pursued by the police are crimes.

Cartoon faces with expressive emotions.
DragonWeer / Creative Commons / pixabay.com/en/users/DragonWeer-5326450

For the last 20 years, a cultural movement and industry based on "happiness" has gained considerable traction in the United States. 

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