Karen Pinchin

Former Tow Journalism Fellow, FRONTLINE/Columbia Journalism Fellowship

Karen Pinchin was a reporter and the 2019/2020 Tow Journalism Fellow at FRONTLINE. A recent graduate of Columbia Journalism School’s MA-Science, she started her journalism career at The Canadian Press and Maclean’s, and has regularly written for The Globe and Mail, Canadian Geographic and The Walrus. She is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors, and won a 2019 Lynton Fellowship in Book Writing and a 2018 Atlantic Journalism Award for business reporting.


Boston, MA

Areas of Expertise:

Science, environment, technology, medicine

“Deflect, Delay, Defer”: Decade of Pacific Gas & Electric Wildfire Safety Pushback Preceded Disasters
A FRONTLINE review of documents and hearings shows that Pacific Gas & Electric spent the better part of 10 years fiercely resisting calls for critical wildfire safety reforms.
August 18, 2020
China Considers New National Security Law for Hong Kong
The Chinese government took another step towards curbing autonomy in Hong Kong this week, as its parliament announced that it would consider a bill to “safeguard national security” in the global financial center.
May 21, 2020
Facing COVID-19 in the World's Largest Refugee Camp, Young Rohingya Help Prepare for an Outbreak
The U.N. says there are multiple groups of refugees, including more than 2,000 trained volunteers, who are working to prevent widespread COVID-19 within the settlement.
April 27, 2020
“We’ve Got to Double Our Efforts”: WA Gov. Inslee Warns Against Reopening Too Early
“The most dangerous element in my state today is the virus of complacency,” Gov. Jay Inslee told FRONTLINE. “We have to be just as diligent for the next several weeks as we were in the last several.”
April 17, 2020
How the US Has Responded to Allegations of China’s Human Rights Abuses
More recently, new and troubling reports began to emerge: some detainees were also being forced to work in factories, producing products for export.
April 7, 2020
With NRA Under Investigation, Former Fundraiser Says Gun Group is Republican "Through and Through"
According to a FRONTLINE interview with one former NRA fundraiser, the group has privately tailored its fundraising messages — and wielded its financial power — to advance a Republican agenda for years.
March 24, 2020
Weinstein Sentenced to 23 Years for Rape and Criminal Sexual Act
Harvey Weinstein is set to spend the next 23 years in prison for rape and committing a criminal sexual act.
March 11, 2020
Exclusive: Amazon’s First Employee Calls Company a “Huge and Unstoppable Force”
Twenty-six years ago, programmer Shel Kaphan helped build the foundation for the world’s largest internet retailer. Now, in an exclusive interview with FRONTLINE, Kaphan said he is concerned about the “huge and unstoppable force” he says the company has become.
February 13, 2020
Hong Kong Struggles with Coronavirus, Renewing Residents' Anger
Perceived mismanagement of the health crisis has caused a wave of fresh anger in Hong Kong, even from residents who previously supported the government.
February 11, 2020
Isabel dos Santos Facing Fraud Charges; Banker’s Death Linked to Investigation
Isabel dos Santos, Africa’s richest woman, is facing charges including money laundering, influence peddling and forgery.
January 23, 2020
Angolan Government, Companies and dos Santos Respond to The Luanda Leaks
What's happened so far since the first Luanda Leaks revelations.
January 21, 2020
Inequality and the Rise of the “Forgotten America”: An Oral History
An oral history chronicling Sarah Palin’s meteoric rise, the legacy of the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent Wall Street bailouts, and ultimately the ascendance of President Trump.
January 13, 2020