Karen K. Ho, The Daily Beast

Karen K. Ho

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Toronto, ON, Canada

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Past articles by Karen:

Brutal Day for the Markets a Sign of Things to Come

Investors fear a global recovery from the effects of COVID-19 will take much longer than previously thought—and Trump’s proposed payroll tax cut is no quick fix. → Read More

A film festival increases press diversity, but challenges remain

Last year, the Toronto International Film Festival made a pledge that at least 20 percent of its media passes would go to under-represented journalists—women, people of color, LGBTQIA+ writers, and people with disabilities. It also created a media mentorship program, aimed at increasing access for critics and reporters who fall under that umbrella. But to […] → Read More

Sinclair fires reporter as she battles cancer

Alex George had already been through a lot. In the summer of 2017, four weeks after graduating from the University of Michigan, she moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, at the age of 22, to work as a general assignment reporter at WTVC, an ABC-affiliate, on a two-year-contract. Then, in May, after a gruelling first year at […] → Read More

‘It was super violent’: TV station covers quake as it pummels newsroom

“These things hit so fast,” Scott Jensen, the news content manager for KTVA in Anchorage, Alaska, says of the moment an earthquake struck his newsroom, last Friday morning. Jensen had been about to send out the morning note about the day’s slated stories at the five-year-old CBS-affiliated television station when the quake struck, just 7.45 […] → Read More

‘It all played out very suddenly’: Former Globe and Mail reporter on resigning over race dispute

Until only a few weeks ago, Sunny Dhillon was a reporter with The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. Since 2010, he’d worked out of the Vancouver office; in October, shortly after a civic election, he quit. He explained why in a piece for Medium, Journalism While Brown and When to Walk Away: in an […] → Read More

The Complicated Philosophy of Jay Smooth

A cultural critic and multimedia savant breaks up with his radio show after 30 years → Read More

Women and minorities are paid the least in newsrooms: report

A new report says that some of the biggest newsrooms in the country are paying women and minority staffers significantly less than their male and white counterparts. The report, titled “Mind the gap: Uncovering pay disparity in the newsroom” and conducted by student reporters in the Asian American Journalists Association’s Voices program, analyzed seven pay-equity […] → Read More

After WNYC, Leonard Lopate’s return to WBAI is met with protest

Lopate At Large, a new, hour-long daily show hosted by Leonard Lopate, premiered yesterday on WBAI, a progressive radio station that is owned by the Pacifica Foundation and based in Brooklyn. Lopate began his career in radio at the station in the 1970s, when he hosted both a gospel music and a late-night call-in show. The […] → Read More

New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova keeps winning at poker

New Yorker contributing writer Maria Konnikova has made the jump from amateur to full-time spoker professional, complete with a sponsorship from the online poker site PokerStars. As PokerNews reported in May, she extended her year-long book leave from the magazine after winning more than $140,000 cash in two major tournaments this year, as well as […] → Read More

Student journalist investigates lack of sexual misconduct records for teachers

The Playwickian, the student newspaper at Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, recently published an investigation on the questionable filing method for sexual harassment and assault complaints against its teachers. Outgoing Editor in Chief Grace Marion published the investigation after discovering that Neshaminy School District hid records of sexual misconduct in student files,… → Read More


BD Wong Doesn't Want Fame—He Wants Success

The 57-year-old actor is the most enduring character of 'Jurassic World', and an off-Broadway legend. So when is he going to be front and center? → Read More

Testing out a new future for Consumer Reports

Jake Fisher knows what a difference a thorough test can make. About five years ago, near the end of 2012, his two young sons wanted to play with a Lexus ES 350 parked in their driveway. Specifically, they wanted to be locked in the trunk. The 9-year-old rationalized to his dad, “What if I ever […] → Read More

Q&A: CBS’s David Begnaud on covering Puerto Rico when few others did

Just 48 hours before the start of hurricane season, CBS Correspondent David Begnaud was back in the US territory of Puerto Rico, reporting about a Harvard study that estimates the number of deaths linked to Hurricane Maria at more than 4,000. (The Puerto Rican government now estimates the number of dead at around 1,400.) Begnaud made a […] → Read More

Maynard 200 aims to increase minority talent in newsrooms

It’s one thing to aim to increase diversity in media. It’s another to significantly expand the pipeline of talent. That’s what The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education aims to do through its Maynard 200 Fellowship, which will offer training to 200 journalists over the next five years. Three groups are encouraged to apply: […] → Read More

In a rare move, Allure’s cover features three Asian models

Women of color, even actresses and models, remain dramatically underrepresented on magazine covers in the United States. So it might not seem surprising that among Allure’s 327 print issues since it began in 1991, there have only been two featuring Asian women picked for the beauty magazine’s spotlight. This year, Editor in Chief Michelle Lee […] → Read More

We did the math on the White House Correspondents Dinner

Days after the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington, the media continues to obsess over whether the event is worth it. On Tuesday, James Finkelstein, chairman of The Hill, issued a statement about how his organization won’t participate in the event in the future. “In short, there’s simply no reason for us to participate in […] → Read More

BuzzFeed increases female leadership, according to latest report

BuzzFeed’s 2017 diversity numbers for its newsroom show an overall increase in women and people of color, especially in leadership and managerial roles. Its latest data also shows significantly more women and people of color on staff at all levels than many other American newsrooms, including online-only outlets. “In the past year, diversity in our […] → Read More

Canada pledges $50 million to local journalism. Will it help?

The Canadian government has pledged to create a $50 million fund to support local journalism in Canada over the next five years. But the money (which amounts to $39 million US), while welcome in an industry that is badly struggling, may also be too little, too late to make a difference. Erin Millar, co-founder of […] → Read More

Sexual harassment in the newsroom: An oral history

What’s come to be known as the #MeToo movement gained momentum through a series of celebrity takedowns, starting with Harvey Weinstein, then ricocheted throughout the media and entertainment worlds. Late last fall, CJR set out to explore the problem beyond the household names, turning the spotlight on the everyday experiences of (mostly) women in journalism. […] → Read More

Orange County Register has investigated abuse in USA Gymnastics since 2004

The details of the widespread, systemic sexual abuse physician Larry Nassar inflicted on hundreds of athletes is a story that finally dominated headlines and broadcast television news during his sentencing on Wednesday. Nassar, who was renowned for his position as official team doctor for USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic Committee, was sentenced to 40 […] → Read More