Tania Karas is an independent reporter, speaker and journalism instructor focused on migration policy, refugees and human rights and based between Athens and Chicago. She is a contributing editor at Public Radio International. Tania is also a founder and co-editor of Give Me Your Tired, a global migration policy newsletter. 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. She has lived in Turkey and Lebanon.
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 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 whose stories led to a man's exoneration after 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
Tania has been featured in...
- Online News Association, 2018 MJ Bear Fellowship profile
- The Washington Post, Five ways freelance writers can fight burnout
- Hear and Now, Cochlear's Graeme Clark Scholarship blog
- Northwestern University-Qatar: Northwestern university alumna and journalist says some politicians think refugees are 'thieves'