Karen Houppert, a Morgan State University journalism professor, author of three books, contributing writer to The Washington Post magazine, and former staffer at the Village Voice, has been hired as City Paper's next editor. She starts next Monday.
"My heart has always been in the alternative press and I am thrilled to be able to lead the City Paper newsroom in Baltimore, a city that is so rich with stories," Houppert said in a press release from BSMG. "I look forward to expanding its loyal audience across all platforms."
Houppert's byline has also appeared in The New York Times, Slate, Salon, The Nation, and here at City Paper, among other publications. Her most recent story for City Paper focused on the complicated bail system in the city and how it might affect protesters during the unrest. As a professor at Morgan, where she has taught since 2012, Houppert created the Juvenile Justice Reported Project and collaborated with City Paper to have two student projects published, one examining differentangles in the city's youth curfew and another on sexual assault on college campuses.
In addition to journalism, Houppert has written three nonfiction books, "The Curse: Confronting the Last Unmentionable Taboo: Menstruation," "Home Fires Burning: Married to the Military—for Better or Worse," and "Chasing Gideon: The Elusive Quest for Poor People's Justice."