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Karen Coates

Fellows 2015
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Karen Coates is a journalist and author who reports primarily on food, environment, health and human rights in the developing world. She is a senior fellow at Brandeis University’s Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. Her work has appeared in publications around the world, including The New York Times, Slate, NPR, Archaeology and Al Jazeera America. Her latest book, co-authored with her husband and partner Jerry Redfern, is Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos, which was a finalist for the Investigative Reporters & Editors Book Award. After living in Southeast Asia for several years, Coates and Redfern set roots in New Mexico, near the Rio Grande, where they keep a yard full of vegetable and herb gardens, grapes and fruit trees. Coates, a former correspondent for Gourmet magazine, is an avid cook and chile connoisseur, and she has taught Southeast Asian cooking to a variety of community groups. She also teaches nonfiction storytelling to journalists in developing countries. She was a 2010-11 Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism, a 2013 International Center for Journalists Social Justice Reporting Fellow, and a 2015 International Women’s Media Foundation African Great Lakes Reporting Fellow. Her food blog is ramblingspoon.com.


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