Karen Grigsby Bates Karen Grigsby Bates is an NPR senior correspondent.
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Karen Grigsby Bates

Senior Correspondent

Karen Grigsby Bates is the Senior Correspondent for Code Switch, a podcast that reports on race and ethnicity. A veteran NPR reporter, Bates covered race for the network for several years before becoming a founding member of the Code Switch team. She is especially interested in stories about the hidden history of race in America—and in the intersection of race and culture. She oversees much of Code Switch's coverage of books by and about people of color, as well as issues of race in the publishing industry. Bates is the co-author of a best-selling etiquette book (Basic Black: Home Training for Modern Times) and two mystery novels; she is also a contributor to several anthologies of essays. She lives in Los Angeles and reports from NPR West.

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A makeup company gets a facelift

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Fashion Fair's makeover

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Anti Asian-American hate has been on the rise, but is nothing new to the people who experience it. Hokyoung Kim for NPR hide caption

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Constance Baker Motley, nominated to be judge of the southern district of New York, poses in Washington during confirmation hearings, April 4, 1966. AP Photo hide caption

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Fashion journalist and ex-'Vogue' creative director André Leon Talley dies at 73

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What We Watched in 2021

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Virgil Abloh, fashion designer, dies at 41 after a private battle with cancer

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'The Characters Are The Light'

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