Karen Masterson

Former Journalist in Residence

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Karen Masterson is Journalist in Residence with the Stimson Center’s Global Health Security Program where she is working on a book about malaria and World War II. She is faculty with Johns Hopkins University’s master’s in writing program. For nearly a decade she was a daily reporter, most recently covering the US Congress for the Washington Bureau of the Houston Chronicle and environmental and conservation policies for the South Jersey Bureau of the Philadelphia Inquirer. She also has written for The Lancet, The (Baltimore) Sun, the Hagerstown Herald-Mail, and several online publications and wire services. She won a Knight journalism fellowship to study malaria at the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and in rural Tanzania, and a science-writing fellowship to study malaria, public health, and the history of medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Other awards include a scholarship and stipend from Rotary International to study human rights, racial politics, and gender in the African context at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She has a Master’s of Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an MA in science writing from Johns Hopkins University’s acclaimed Writing Seminars.

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