Karen Hendricks is an award-winning journalist who has scaled rock-climbing walls, pulled on boxing gloves, climbed a 1,000-step mountainside staircase, rented an RV, hunkered down in the woods for a 6-hour owl stakeout, and even ran a marathon–all in a name of a good story.
While many of these assignments involved adventure and fun, inspiration and perspiration, Karen has also interviewed and gained the trust of a human trafficking victim. A man who lost not one–but two sons in a fiery DUI crash. And a woman whose high school sweetheart-turned-police officer husband was struck and killed by a distracted driver.
Karen also tracked down and secured an exclusive interivew with an anonymous man known as “Sharkman” who laced up roller skates and donned a full-body shark costume to cheer up a pandemic-weary city. She expected a fun feature story, but it turns out, his story went much deeper–and it became one of her award-winning stories over the years (here).
She’s had the honor of meeting and sharing innovative small business owners’ success and nonprofit founders’ passions.
Currently, Karen writes for:
- Dogster, “America’s most-loved dog magazine”
- Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, Gettysburg, PA
- Susquehanna Style magazine, Lancaster, PA
- TheBurg, Greater Harrisburg’s Community Magazine, Harrisburg, PA
- Baltimore Style, Baltimore, MD
- MetroKids Philly, Philadelphia, PA
- Frederick’s Child, Frederick, MD
- Susquehanna Life, Lewisburg, PA
- Karen hosts and produces TheBurg Podcast, monthly.
- Karen hosts and produces “10 Minutes with,” YouTube interviews for Celebrate Gettysburg magazine.
- The Harrisburg Symphony Orchesta asked Karen to host their 90th anniversary celebration video, “A Conversation with Maestro Stuart Malina.”
- And Karen has hosted book discussions / interviews for Pennsylvania’s largest independent bookstore, The Midtown Scholar.
Journalism Accolades Include:
Karen’s bio can be summarized in four words: Coffee. Run. Write. Repeat.
But if you want more details…
Karen’s first job in the news business began at the age of 12–as a “newspaper girl” slinging newspapers into driveways from her bike. Throughout her college years, she worked as a newspaper reporter, which provided the foundation for her journalism career. She earned a BA in Communications/Media Studies, with concentrations in Broadcast Journalism and Public Relations, plus a minor in English, from Lock Haven University.
Originally from the Philadelphia area, Karen has based her personal and professional home in Central Pennsylvania for more than 30 years. She worked in television news, including a management position as morning news producer for WGAL Channel 8; in radio news for 16 years; as PR/marketing director for a 10-day arts festival (where she earned international PR/marketing awards); managing freelance PR, marketing, and social media clients primarily in the arts, healthcare, tourism, and downtown/economic development sectors; and currently as a freelance magazine writer who still loves to dabble in broadcasting via podcasting and video.
As a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, Karen strives to be ethical, accurate, fair and thorough in all she writes. She loves the journalism profession fiercely. Coffee too.
Karen considers her family and three mostly-grown children her brightest, best accomplishments. She’s been married to her college sweetheart for more than 30 years, and they enjoy traveling and exploring the natural treasures of our national and state parks. She’s also a “foodie” who enjoys cooking and gardening. Computer keyboards aren’t the only keyboards her fingers touch–Karen is also a classically-trained pianist. Personal achievements include running her first marathon in 2018, and running 50 races to benefit 50 causes when she was 50. Running often inspires “lightbulb” moments for Karen’s writing.
None of this would be possible without coffee.