Karen Coates
CEJ Ambassador

Karen Coates is an independent author, editor, and media trainer who covers food, environment, health, and human rights globally. She and her husband, Jerry Redfern (Scripps Fellow 2012-13), are in post-production on a documentary film about unexploded ordnance in Laos decades after history’s largest bombing campaign. Karen is a fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation, president of the Rio Grande Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and a contributing editor for Archaeology Magazine. She is also at work on a long-term project to investigate child labor in US agriculture, which began with a long-form story for Pacific Standard and will continue as an audio documentary. She is the author of four books, including (with Jerry) Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos, which was a finalist for the IRE Book Award. Karen conducts international journalism trainings, and, most recently, participated in an IREX media exchange between journalists in New Mexico and the country of Georgia.