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Karen Houppert

Karen Houppert is City Paper’s Editor. Her reporting has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including The Washington Post Magazine, Newsday, The Nation, Salon, Slate, Mother Jones, Ms, The Village Voice, Al Jazeera, The Baltimore Sun, Urbanite, Style, etc. A former staff writer for The Village Voice, she has won several awards, including a National Women's Political Caucus Award, a 2003 Newswomen's Club of New York Front Page Award, several Nation Investigative Fund grants and a Kaiser Family Foundation Media Fellowship. She is the author of three nonfiction books, The Curse (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999), Home Fires Burning (Ballantine, 2005), and Chasing Gideon: The Elusive Quest for Poor People’s Justice (The New Press, 2013). These days she is writing about the criminal justice system, race, poverty, education, politics—and their unholy mix here and in the nation at large. For more about her work, visit her website.
John McCain: a study in white privilege

This is not news — and it is nothing against the man, Sen. John McCain — but the New York Times obit on McCain, written by Robert D. McFadden, inadvertently serves as a template for how white privilege works.

Baltimore's violence is worse than Chicago's, but can our schools be better?

Major urban school districts with high numbers of poor children are not, in fact, faced with insurmountable obstacles when it comes to properly educating kids, according to a new study that highlighted the successes of Chicago – and the continued failures of Baltimore. Can we turn it around?

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