Tania Karas is the managing editor of Refugees Deeply, as well as a reporter/editor for Public Radio International’s The World’s immigration desk, Global Nation. Tania is 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 and is now based between Athens and Chicago.
Tania has regularly written columns for Reuters Opinion. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Women in the World/The New York Times, IRIN humanitarian news, Foreign Affairs, World Policy 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'