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

  • From Gun To Grave: At the Medical Examiner's

    From Gun To Grave: At the Medical Examiner's

    Visiting the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office is, as readers might surmise, an odd experience—but not necessarily in the way one would expect. Located in a generically modern building, it is in some ways like any other medical clinic or hospital—hand sanitizer at strategic spots on the wall, people...

  • From Gunshot to Grave: The high cost of murder in Baltimore

    From Gunshot to Grave: The high cost of murder in Baltimore

    When someone dies on the streets of Baltimore, as 344 people did last year, the emotional costs are well documented. These are important stories—and get to the heart of the emotional devastation that such violence wreaks on families. (See here and here to read about the enduring psychological impact...

  • Bernie Sanders: Slouching through Sandtown

    Bernie Sanders: Slouching through Sandtown

    Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders swept through Baltimore last week to meet with African-American faith leaders who had gathered here from around the country. At a press conference afterward, Sanders said he and the pastors from Baltimore, Chicago, Ferguson, D.C.,...

  • Hey Supreme Court Justice Scalia, no one hires someone because of their GPA

    Hey Supreme Court Justice Scalia, no one hires someone because of their GPA

    Quick question: Have you ever hired anyone based on their GPA? Another quick question: Have you ever flipped through a massive pile of resumes trying to decide from the thin skeleton of facts arrayed there who you should call in for an interview, seen someone who went to your alma mater, and decided...

  • Bernie Sanders comes to Sandtown, media throng in tow

    Bernie Sanders comes to Sandtown, media throng in tow

    Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders swept through Baltimore today to meet with African-American faith leaders who had gathered here from around the country. At a press conference afterwards, Sanders said he and the pastors from Baltimore, Chicago, Ferguson, Washington,...

  • Anna Deavere Smith channels Baltimore on the school-to-prison pipeline

    Anna Deavere Smith channels Baltimore on the school-to-prison pipeline

    The "character" on the stage casts back to her childhood and tells the audience that her father was a "race man." She grew up watching endless documentaries of the civil rights movement and was filled with awe, inspiration, and regret. "I remember thinking, 'Damn it, I missed it,'" she says. Since...

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