Karen Duffin Karen Duffin is a co-host and reporter for Planet Money.
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Karen Duffin

Karen Duffin

Host and Reporter, Planet Money

Karen Duffin (she/her) is a co-host and reporter for Planet Money, NPR's award-winning podcast that finds creative, entertaining ways to make sense of the big, complicated forces that move our economy. She joined the team in March 2018.

Before that, she was a producer at This American Life. She also worked for several years as an independent producer, reporting stories for shows like Radiolab, More Perfect, Reply All, The Moth, Pop-Up Magazine, On the Media, and others. Karen has also been a Moth story coach and mainstage storyteller, and has taught radio at the Columbia, NYU, and CUNY Graduate Schools of Journalism.

Her stories blend in-depth reporting with narrative storytelling about everything from the death penalty to the world's largest treehouse, America's first major interrogation program, the Patriot Act, and San Francisco's "Spider-Man" burglar.

Before becoming a journalist, Karen spent several years as a speechwriter, working in more than 20 countries.

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REDMAP (Update)

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Rest of the Story, Pandemic Edition

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Patent Racism

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The Mask Mover

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Planet Money: The Parable Of The Piston

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The Race To Make Ventilators

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America Unemployed

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How Digital Billboards Target Passersby (Hint: It's Cellphone Data)

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BILLBOARDS

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The Rest Of The Story, 2019

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What Is Foreign Interference, Anyway?

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