Karen Coates Freelance » IWMF Alumni

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Karen Coates -- Freelance

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Karen Coates is an independent journalist who reports primarily in the developing world on issues involving the environment, science, food, health and human rights. She has published four books. Her latest, Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos (ThingsAsian Press, 2013), co-authored with her husband, Jerry Redfern, was a finalist for the Investigative Reporters & Editors Book Award.

Karen is a Senior Fellow at Brandeis University’s Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, and she was a 2010-11 Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado. There, she studied climate science and food security, and began work on a long-term project to investigate global hunger and malnutrition. Her reporting has appeared in publications around the world including The New York Times, Al Jazeera America, Slate, Archaeology, Ms., SciDev.Net, The Washington Post online, Columbia Journalism Review, National Geographic Books and many more. She has received fellowships and honors through the Fund for Environmental Journalism, the MIT Knight Science Journalism Program, the Council for Wisconsin Writers and other groups.

Karen and Jerry, a visual journalist, often collaborate on their work. They live in New Mexico’s Rio Grande Valley, where they grow fruits and vegetables while battling drought. When Karen is not crafting stories, she escapes to the trails (by bike or foot) every chance she gets. She also loves to cook, and was Gourmet magazine’s Asia correspondent for several years. Her food blog is Rambling Spoon.


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