Karen McCarthy is an accomplished author, journalist, and documentary filmmaker based in New York and Dublin.
Her recently released non-fiction book The Other Irish: The Scots-Irish Rascals Who Made America (Sterling Publishing, 2011), is a living history about the little known, but profound and often hilarious influence the people from Northern Ireland have had on the formation of America by settling the American frontier. She has been interviewed numerous times about her work, including by The Huffington Post, NPR, RTE, and the BBC. Her book has been supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs as a Reconciliation and Anti-Sectarian project.
Karen has been featured as one of the top Irish female broadcasters who have made an international impact by the Irish Examiner. She was an embedded reporter in Iraq, travelling in Baghdad and the surrounding provinces, contributing in-depth news features and analysis about the war to the Irish Times, Sunday Tribune, and News Tribune. She has covered U.S. politics for The Irish Examiner.
She worked at Al Jazeera English in Washington, D.C., where she wrote and produced a daily international news and talkback segment for the Riz Khan Show. Her four-part documentary series Made in America about the new Irish - the '90s generation of overachieving Irish immigrants turned millionaires - was broadcast on Ireland's leading network, RTE, and was nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA) for Best Documentary Series. A TV series based on The Other Irish is currently in development.
Karen is originally from Ireland and holds a Masters Degree in Literature and Drama from University College Dublin and later graduated with honours from the London School of Journalism.
She is currently writing about her travels for Love This City and is working on a second book about Ireland called What is Life?