Journalist, teacher, mom
Karen Springen developed her love of journalism as a child, thanks to her parents and their mailman, who delivered Sports Illustrated, Time, TV Guide, National Geographic, Aviation Week & Space Technology, BusinessWeek and Fortune. She became editor in chief of her high school paper, and then editor in chief of her college paper, The Stanford Daily. After earning her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, she landed a summer internship at Newsweek, where she worked for 24 years. (Lucky girl!) While there, she covered everything--including major news events (e.g., serial killers Jeffrey Dahmer and the Unabomber, and the 1996 Olympics), children’s books and health. Along the way, she also taught college journalism and freelanced for magazines such as House & Garden, Marie Claire, Parents and Chicago. Now she teaches at Northwestern University and writes for many publications, including Publishers Weekly and Booklist.
Two wonderful daughters!