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

  • Center Stage's 'Detroit '67' draws obvious parallels

    Center Stage's 'Detroit '67' draws obvious parallels

    I wanted to like Center Stage's production of "Detroit '67" more than I did. Playwright Dominique Morisseau's kitchen-sink drama (well, technically, basement-sink, I guess since the play takes place in a basement rec room that doubles as an after-hours club) recounts the story of a black family...

  • Donald Trump's Victory Office opens in Reisterstown

    Donald Trump's Victory Office opens in Reisterstown

    Donald Trump's campaign opened its Baltimore Area Trump Victory Office, aka the local campaign headquarters, on Thursday. Not suprisingly, The Donald's Make-America-Great-Again compatriots didn't nestle into a majestic brownstone in Mount Vernon or a swanky, industrial-re-use loft in Clipper Mill...

  • State Senator Catherine Pugh touts her years of experience

    State Senator Catherine Pugh touts her years of experience

    State Senator Catherine Pugh is a politician. It's a badge she wears with honor. While political candidates on the national scene—He, Who Shall Not Be Named, for example, whom we'll call Drumpf—shout that "our politicians are stupid" and the local field of mayoral candidates is flush with people...

  • Alan Walden and Armand Girard weigh in on cops and kids

    Alan Walden and Armand Girard weigh in on cops and kids

    Alan Walden, a former WBAL news anchor, cited education, employment, and law enforcement as the top three issues he would focus on if mayor. When it comes to education, he insisted in the City Paper questionnaire that "we don't teach enough of our children how to work," and went on to write that...

  • Wide range of candidates make their pitch at mayoral forum

    Wide range of candidates make their pitch at mayoral forum

    "My name is Assata and I made a budget for the city," said a nine-year-old student who recently ran for mayor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church's Orita's Cross Freedom School. A school designed to raise the next generation of Fannie Lou Hamer's, Freedom School meets on holidays and vacation days...

  • Baltimore high school students talk about gaps in sex-ed

    Baltimore high school students talk about gaps in sex-ed

    Last week I had a conversation about sex ed with three of my son’s friends who are all seniors at Baltimore City College high school. It’s not a scientific survey, of course, just a way to take the temperature, to find out what students are learning in their health classes—and perhaps more important,...

  • Baltimore gets a new sex-education program

    Baltimore gets a new sex-education program

    The federal government gave Baltimore $8.5 million  to revamp its sex-education curriculum last year. Depending on who is asked, the money is: a) just being used to enhance an already comprehensive sex-ed program that is taught in every city secondary school, as mandated by the state (Baltimore...

  • The Lady With the Lapdog: Finding the subtext at the bottom of a bottle of vodka

    The Lady With the Lapdog: Finding the subtext at the bottom of a bottle of vodka

    It is the winter of 2010 and my friends, Yury Urnov and Tania Karpekina, are amused by all this fuss over the snow blanketing D.C., Maryland, Virginia. That’s not how they roll in Russia. Yury, who speaks English beautifully, waves his hand dismissively at the blizzard that has hit us here in Baltimore....

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