Tania Karas is an independent journalist interested in social justice 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 on refugees, EU migration policy and the Greek financial crisis.
Tania is a contributing columnist for Reuters and frequent writer for UNHCR.org. Her work has appeared in Refugees Deeply, Foreign Affairs, World Policy Journal, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, IRIN, Mashable, Crain’s New York Business, Religion News Service, SmartMoney magazine, The American Lawyer magazine, Fast Company magazine, the Tampa Bay Times and elsewhere.
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 flailing 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 newspaper based in 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. In September 2015, she was a United Nations Foundation Press Fellow and attended the UN General Assembly in New York.
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.