Karen Shakerdge is a public radio reporter and podcast producer, focusing on health, science and education. She contributes coverage to NPR and Kaiser Health News through a network of health reporters based throughout the country.
Until recently Karen covered health for WXXI, the NPR member station in Rochester, NY, where she reported local and national stories. While at WXXI, she also reported, produced and hosted “Exited,” a podcast she developed at NPR’s Story Lab, about young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities navigating life after high school.
Her work has also been aired by shows and outlets like WBUR’s “Here & Now,” WNYC, WHYY’s “The Pulse” and The Guardian.
“Exited” has been recognized with several awards, including one from PRNDI. In 2016, the Association of Health Care Journalists gave Karen’s radio documentary about a man who traveled around the country looking for a liver transplant an award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism.
Before coming over to the audio world, Karen spent six years producing television shows and documentary films. She has a bachelor’s degree in cultural studies and media studies from The New School and a master’s degree from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.