About

Karen Shakerdge
Hard at work at an ancient wine press in the south of Israel.

Karen Shakerdge is a health reporter for WXXI, the NPR member station in Rochester, NY, and Side Effects Public Media, a health news collaborative based at WFYI in Indianapolis.

From an anthropology student to a documentary film producer, oral historian and now radio reporter, Shakerdge has been asking people questions about their lives, in one way or another, for 10 years.

After working for six years in video/documentary production, Karen got her first taste of recording audio at Oral History Summer School in Hudson, NY. She later went on to work with WHYY’s health and science team on The Pulse, the Guardian’s podcast about feminism, and host a weekly podcast about developments in science and mathematics for Quanta Magazine.

In 2015, the Association of Health Care Journalists recognized her story about liver transplantation with an Award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. Her piece about breast density notification laws received a Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Karen has a B.A. in Cultural Studies and Media Studies from The New School and M.A. from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

Please get in touch: kshakerdge [ at ] gmail [ dot ] com