Karen Bartlett

Karen Bartlett is a writer and film maker based in London. After working for the BBC and Channel 4 News she joined The Times, and wrote a series of Times 2 cover stories including an exclusive interview with Nelson Mandela’s daughter to mark his 90th birthday, an investigation into Kaballah in UK schools, the phenomenon of girls football in Kenya, and the Homeless World Cup.

Karen has written for The Sunday Times, The Times, Newsweek and WIRED. Prior to that she wrote for the New Statesman and a weekly column for The Newcastle Journal. In 2007 Karen made a short documentary about architect Frank Gehry, and another about the ‘Palm Dog’ which was screened at the London Film Festival. She presented and produced a BBC World Service documentary about the ‘science of thrill’.

Before becoming a journalist Karen’s background was in politics. She began her career in the UK and South Africa. After returning to London she worked for The Fabian Society before becoming Director of campaign group Charter88. In 2003 Karen was short-listed for the role of General Secretary of the Labour Party.

She is the author of two non-fiction books and is currently writing a third.

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Welcome

Welcome to my website. I hope these pages give you a flavour of some of my work in books, print, onl…

Recent News

Istanbul Arrival

Last week I was in Istanbul attending a Youth Forum for teenagers from around the world. But not eve…

Nelson Mandela Dies - Grazia

When Nelson Mandela retired after serving one five-year term as President of South Africa in 1999 he…

China Debates....

I’ve just returned from China, after a gap of about 16 years, and I met these undergraduates – comin…

Top Ten Articles

Polio's Last Stand

Eradicating the Last 1% of Polio Is Deadly But Essential

When 40-year-old Liberian civil servan…

Life and Love with 'The Greatest': Muhammad Ali

When Yolanda “Lonnie” Williams was six years old she looked out of her front door in Louisville,…

Momma D: Dionne Warwick, the Grande Dame of Divas

She learnt her stagecraft from Marlene Dietrich; 50 years on, she’s mentor to Whitney Houston and …

India's Barefoot Revolution

What would it be like if women ran the world? In some parts of India, it’s already happening

If…

How one man gave Congo’s women hope

*Life is hell for women caught up in the conflict in the Congo. But one remarkable doctor helps surv…

‘If they gave me a house, I’d take it tomorrow’

All I want is to die under this mountain.” Noor Ebrahim, a slightly-built former messenger for Rea…

It’s murder on your mobile, says The Killing’s Sarah Lund

Hit crime drama The Killing is back for a second series, and Karen Bartlett talks mobile phone foren…

Skateistan: How skateboarding took off with Afghan kids

It’s no surprise that in a world full of rules most kids want to do something with no organisation…

Growing Up X

Fifty years after he was killed, the daughter of Malcolm X wants to make sure her father isn’t writt…

Bringing Anne Frank Home – to Germany

Like many people in their seventies and eighties, Buddy Elias and his wife Gertie are downsizing –…

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