Karen Attiah is a Ghanaian-American writer and editor. Karen Attiah is a columnist for The Washington Post. She often writes on issues relating to race, gender and international politics, with a special interest in Africa.
Attiah joined The Post in 2014 as a digital producer in the Opinions section. Previously, she reported as a freelancer for the Associated Press while based in the Caribbean.
Attiah was the winner of the 2019 George Polk Award and was the 2019 Journalist of the Year from the National Association of Black Journalists. She commissions and edits commentary on global issues from a variety of international writers.
Prior to joining the Post in 2014, Karen was a media consultant for the World Bank’s Africa program. She had previously worked as a freelance reporter for the Associated Press while based in Curacao.
Born and raised in DeSoto, Texas. She holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Northwestern University, with a minor in African studies. Karen is a former Fulbright scholar to Ghana, and has reported from Curacao, Nigeria, Ghana.
Her work has appeared in Voice of America, Al Jazeera, Associated Press, Haitian Times, and other international publications. She has made television and broadcast appearances on CNN, MSNBC, BBC and CNBC. She is a regular contributor on America’s National Public Radio.
Karen is currently based in Dallas, Texas. She is the author of the forthcoming book “Say Your Word, Then Leave”, to be published by Dey Street Books in Spring 2021.