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.

A computer circuit board.
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UMass engineers are trying to develop a computer that acts more like a human brain. 

Former Montague Police Chief Chip Dodge, in 2015
Karen Brown / NEPR

The police chief of Montague, Massachusetts, Chip Dodge, has resigned, several months after he'd been put on paid administrative leave.

Delivering the meningitis vaccine at UMass.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, held a meningitis vaccination clinic Thursday as a student remained hospitalized for the bacterial infection.

Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, Associate Professor of History at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Courtesy Smith College

In early February, students at Princeton University protested when a professor used the N-word in a class about hate speech. He ended up canceling the course. It’s hardly the first time this epithet has sparked a debate over racial sensitivity and freedom of speech, including last semester at Smith College 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."

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski.
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.

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