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Karen Pennar

Karen Pennar

Karen Pennar has a long career as a journalist and has also worked in health care and written plays.

Karen’s first reporting job was at the Journal of Commerce, where she wrote about foreign currencies. She subsequently worked for nearly two decades at BusinessWeek Magazine, where as Economics Editor and Senior Writer she covered a wide range of domestic and international topics, including globalization, Federal Reserve policy, international trade, human capital, and the privatization of Russian enterprises. She was the lead writer on numerous BusinessWeek cover stories and served as Assistant Managing Editor for BusinessWeek’s 1999 special issue, 100 Years of Innovation.

A born and bred New Yorker, Karen grew up in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan in a multi-cultural household – her mother was Egyptian and her father was Estonian. Karen received a BA in economics from Barnard College and a Masters in Public Health from Yale University. She speaks conversational French and Russian.

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