Tania Karas is an independent foreign correspondent, speaker and journalism instructor focused on migration policy, refugees and human rights. Most recently she was based in Beirut, Lebanon. She is a Master's candidate in international human rights law at the University of Oxford. For the 2015-16 academic year, she was a U.S. Fulbright fellow in Greece reporting how the country dealt with a refugee crisis during its own financial crisis.
Tania is a contributing columnist for Reuters Opinion. Her work has appeared in Refugees Deeply, Public Radio International, IRIN humanitarian news, Foreign Affairs, World Policy Journal, Women in the World/The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Mashable, Religion News Service, Fast Company magazine and elsewhere. In September 2015 and 2017, she was a United Nations Foundation Press Fellow covering the UN General Assembly in New York. In July 2017, she taught "Cherubs," a summer program for teen reporters at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She continues speaking and leading workshops at Chicago-area high schools on covering immigration.
She has written about how President Trump's January 2017 travel ban nearly tore apart one refugee family; the challenges pregnant Syrian refugee women face accessing healthcare in Lebanon; how refugees used smartphones along the European migration trail; how Europe is failing unaccompanied refugee children; Greek startups' struggles for survival in a failing economy; disappearing traces of Armenian history in Turkey; and how the Greek financial crisis is depriving citizens of access to healthcare.
In a past life, Tania covered U.S. legal education, immigration and New York courts for the New York Law Journal, a daily newspaperin Manhattan. Her favorite piece chronicled a corporate lawyer’s pro bono, 10-year fight to get a new trial for a wrongfully convicted Alabama death-row inmate.
Tania was a 2011 Eric Lund Global Reporting Fellow in Istanbul and in 2012 published an in-depth report on Turkey’s dwindling Greek Orthodox Christian community.
Tania is a 2011 graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She was part of a Chicago Innocence Project student investigative reporting team that uncovered evidence of police misconduct in a wrongful conviction case. The inmate, Stanley Wrice, was exonerated in December 2013 after serving 31 years in prison.
Tania is from Chicago and has run the Chicago Marathon twice. Fun fact: Tania is deaf. She wrote about learning to hear using cochlear implants here.