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Karen Pauls

Karen Pauls

Karen Pauls is an award-winning journalist who has been the national radio news reporter in Manitoba since 2004. She has traveled across Canada and around the world to do stories for CBC. She covered the Royal Wedding in London in 2011 and has worked in Washington several times. Karen was the correspondent in Berlin, Germany, for three months in 2013. She was CBC’s online correspondent at Conclave 2013, covering the selection of Pope Francis in Rome.

Karen has also worked in Halifax, covering everything from the G-7 riots (where she got caught in the tear gas), to the diverted airplanes after the 9-11 terrorist attacks. She also worked in Toronto for shows including Quirks and Quarks, where she produced a Question Show which won a New York Festivals gold medal.

One of her most gratifying stories was about Nova Scotia firefighters trying to get compensation for work-related cancer. Her series won an Atlantic Journalism Award, national and international awards from the International Association of Firefighters.

Her Investigative Unit series on Modern Human Slavery was a finalist in the Canadian Association of Journalists awards in 2006. She was also part of the team on the series “So You Think You’re Canadian,” which resulted in changes to Canada’s Immigration Act. In 2007, Karen was the recipient of the CAJ’s Dateline Hong Kong Fellowship and did a documentary on the 10thanniversary of the deadly avian flu outbreak. Karen has won a Science in Society Award and has been recognized for her on-going work on Canada’s Indian residential schools legacy. She won awards from the CAJ and the New York Festivals (silver medal) for her stories on the decapitation of Timothy McLean on a Greyhound bus in 2008. She also got a special certificate of merit in the 2009 Justicia Awards for a series, “Not Criminally Responsible.” The jury said the reports were a “powerful, balanced and insightful” look at an issue which is difficult for the public to grasp. In 2011, Karen received the RTNDA’s Adrienne Clarkson Award for Diversity for her story on the Michif Language. She was also part of the World Report team in London who won the Gord Sinclair Award – Live Special Events – for coverage of the Royal Wedding. She won a Canadian Church Press News Award in 2013 for her coverage of an Old Order Mennonite community at the heart of a child abuse investigation.

Karen has a B.A. (with distinction) in Comparative Religion from Dalhousie University, and a diploma in Creative Communications (majoring in journalism) from Red River College. She has also studied at the University of Winnipeg and Capernwray Bible School in England. Karen is included in “Canada’s Who’s Who” 2010 and 2014 publications, but says one of her most challenging assignments is her position of “Mother.”

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