Karen Houppert

Writer

Karen Houppert is City Paper’s Editor. Her reporting has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including The Washington Post Magazine, Newsday, The Nation, Salon, Slate, Mother Jones, Ms, The Village Voice, Al Jazeera, The Baltimore Sun, Urbanite, Style, etc. A former staff writer for The Village Voice, she has won several awards, including a National Women's Political Caucus Award, a 2003 Newswomen's Club of New York Front Page Award, several Nation Investigative Fund grants and a Kaiser Family Foundation Media Fellowship. She is the author of three nonfiction books, The Curse (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999), Home Fires Burning (Ballantine, 2005), and Chasing Gideon: The Elusive Quest for Poor People’s Justice (The New Press, 2013). These days she is writing about the criminal justice system, race, poverty, education, politics—and their unholy mix here and in the nation at large. For more about her work, visit her website.

Recent Articles

  • 'War and Peace,' Interrupted

    'War and Peace,' Interrupted

    "How original," my sarcastic 12-year-old son Zack says, when I tell him that I'm writing about 9/11—and what it means for the kids who grew up in the shadow of that tragedy, the ensuing wars, the fear of terrorism. I try to explain that sometimes "unoriginal" topics merit examination, forming as...

  • We still don't know what weapons were used on Inauguration Day protesters

    We still don't know what weapons were used on Inauguration Day protesters

    On Inauguration Day in Washington D.C., the Metropolitan Police Department arrested 235 people involved in protests, including a number of legal observers and six reporters (one of the reporters' charges has since been dropped). Everybody who was arrested faces felony riot charges, up to 10 years...

  • By the Numbers

    By the Numbers

    By the NumbersTrump advisor Kellyanne Conway coined a new term for lies as she spoke on “Meet the Press” this week, calling them “alternative facts.” The phrase shares the same Latin root—"factum”—as the word Formerly Known as Fact, which had historically been defined by Merriam-Webster as “the...

  • A Thanksgiving reflection on what is said, and what is left unsaid

    A Thanksgiving reflection on what is said, and what is left unsaid

    I stand at the top of the stairs and cannot remember why I have climbed them. Am I heading to the left, into my son's bedroom? Right, into my study? Straight-ahead, into the bathroom? I try to retrieve the errand that has sent me up all three flights of stairs on this Thanksgiving morning with...

  • Bernie Sanders urges Hopkins students to keep fighting for change

    Bernie Sanders urges Hopkins students to keep fighting for change

    "Do not let the Trumps of the world divide us up," Senator and former Democratic candidate for president Bernie Sanders said last week as he spoke to 1,100 students at Johns Hopkins University's packed Shriver Hall (and hundreds more in overflow rooms via video monitors). In fact, Sanders insisted,...

  • Bernie Sanders urges Hopkins students to keep fighting for change

    Bernie Sanders urges Hopkins students to keep fighting for change

    "Do not let the Trumps of the world divide us up," Senator and former Democratic candidate for president Bernie Sanders said last night as he spoke to 1,100 students at Johns Hopkins University's packed Shriver Hall (and hundreds more in overflow rooms via video monitors). In fact, Sanders insisted,...

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