About

Karen Shakerdge
On location, In Search of Israeli Cuisine

I’ve spent the past 10 years asking people questions about their lives – as a documentary film producer, oral historian and radio reporter. I currently cover health for WXXI, the NPR member station in Rochester, NY, and produce/host Exited, a podcast about young people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities navigating life after high school, which I developed at NPR’s Story Lab.

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.

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

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