Karen Shakerdge
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I’m a reporter and podcast producer based in NYC.

I make audio stories mostly about health, science, disabilities and education. My work has been aired by outlets including WHYY’s The Pulse, NPR, Kaiser Health News, WBUR’s Here & Now, The Guardian, Quanta Magazine and WYNC.

At WXXI, the NPR member station in Rochester, NY, I covered health and produced/hosted Exited, a podcast I developed at NPR’s Story Lab, about young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities navigating life after high school. Exited was recently recognized by the NY State Associated Press Association for “Best Podcast,” the NY State Broadcasters Association for “Outstanding Use of Digital Platforms” and PRNDI as a top podcast.


In 2017, the New York State Broadcasters Association gave my two-part story about donor breast milk banks an Outstanding Public Affairs Program award. In 2016, the Association of Health Care Journalists recognized my story about liver transplantation with an Award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism.

Before coming over to the world of audio production, I spent six years producing television shows and documentary films.

I have a bachelor’s degree in cultural studies and media studies from The New School and a master’s degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Get in touch: kshakerdge [ at ] gmail [ dot ] com