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Karen Brooks Harper


Harper is the editor-in-chief of the online quarterly, Redback Report. A career writer and journalist, an amateur singer-songwriter, an aspiring cook, a world traveler, and a proud Southerner from the Mississippi Delta. She began her career in newspapers in 1994 and has specialized in Latin American issues and Texas politics, having covered 7 regular sessions of the Texas Legislature and countless special sessions. Harper went to the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism before falling in love with Austin and settling here. After nearly two decades in newspaper journalism and a stint at the local NBC station KXAN, Brooks recently quit the day job and became a full-time freelance writer. Among her projects are the Redback Report and the Texas Beverage Industry Journal. She is currently working on growing her business, Credentials Media, a content, consulting, writing and photography service. She lives in Austin with her husband and their three pets - including their rescued Chihuahua mix, the inimitable Salacious Crumb.

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aGLIFF Highlight

Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival opens with Matthew Shepard documentary

By Karen Brooks Harper

Sixteen years after the beating death of gay college student Matthew Shepard, whose stunning attack in Wyoming created a generation of advocates for gay rights, new revelations about his life ...

Sports Scene

Olympic athletes take to local trails for new pro mountain bike series

By Karen Brooks Harper

Olympic and world-class athletes from around the world hit the trail this weekend in Central Texas to make mountain biking history. Cyclists had a shot at winning the richest cross-country ...

ACL 2013 Weekend Two

Music fans get it while they can on ACL Fest's second Saturday

By Karen Brooks Harper

The crowds returned in full force to Zilker Park on Saturday for Day Two, Weekend Two of Austin City Limits 2013, shuffling through the blistering heat and humidity for another ...

ACL 2013

ACL Fest canceled Sunday due to weather for first time in history

By Karen Brooks Harper

The final day of the Austin City Limits Festival on Sunday, Oct. 13, is canceled due to flash flood warnings and overnight rains of up to 11-inches in the area ...

ACL Weekend Two

Second ACL weekend kicks off with sold-out crowds, enthusiasm undampened by brief showers

By Karen Brooks Harper

The Austin City Limits Festival 2013 opened its second weekend as the sold-out festival it has been for more than a decade, encouraging hopes that the dual-weekend approach to the ...

Summer Cycling

A sampling of Austin bike shops: Different spokes for different folks

By Karen Brooks Harper

Summer’s in high gear and that means great things for bicycling: beautiful weather, low winds, fewer layers, more time off to ride and lots of daylight hours. It also ...

From The Capitol

The Legislative Cocktail Hour: Of casinos and cool people

By Karen Brooks Harper

The business of the rich, the plight of the poor, big-money casinos and food trucks with humble beginnings. The economic spectrum made their way into the Capitol conversation this week ...

SXSW Recovery

Electric bike store offers free rentals to Austin's service workers this week

By Karen Brooks Harper

Anyone who worked during the frenetic SXSW over the last 10 days deserves a break, some recovery from the countless hours of making Austin a great place to visit for ...

Reggae Reincarnation

Snoop Lion is Reincarnated: Rapper hits SXSW for his premiere at The Paramount

By Karen Brooks Harper

The documentary follows rapper Snoop Dogg on his spiritual journey in Jamaica and documents his transformation into Rastafarian reggae artist Snoop Lion. 

On the Red Carpet

Dave Grohl brings the rock to SXSW premiere of documentary Sound City

By Karen Brooks Harper

 The premiere of Sound City, directed by Grohl, at the Paramount drew members of modern day rock legends Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Masters of Reality, Nirvana and ...

The 5 coolest things at the SXSW Interactive trade show

By Karen Brooks Harper

It's pretty easy to get your mind blown at the SXSW Interactive trade show, where innovators and developers and big-time visionaries from across the globe descend on the Austin ...

SXSW Red Carpets

Willie Nelson, Harry Connick Jr. and more hit the red carpet for the SXSW premiere of When Angels Sing

By Karen Brooks Harper

The premiere of When Angels Sing brought some true Texas legends and a host of local artists the Paramount Theater on Sunday, March 10, 2013.

SXSW Red Carpets

Jim Carrey, Steve Carell and Olivia Wilde hit the red carpet for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone premiere

By Karen Brooks Harper

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone premiered on Friday, March 7 at the Paramount Theater, the first night of the annual SXSW Film fFstival. The film stars Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey and ...

Animal advocacy

Pet advocates push for voluntary spay/neuter legislation

By Karen Brooks Harper

Animal rights groups and their furry friends hit the Capitol steps last week to try and pressure a lawmaker, any lawmaker, to take on legislation that would establish a voluntary ...

Member perks

Explore Austin museums for free with Bank of America's Museums on Us program

By Karen Brooks Harper

A popular museum promotion by Bank of America has come to Austin, giving BofA cardholders free admission to some of the city’s favorite museums on the first weekend of ...

Political Engagement

Opening day of the 83rd Texas Legislature marks beginning of contentious session

By Karen Brooks Harper

The opening gavel has fallen for the 83rd Texas Legislature, marking the start of its biennial 140-day session — complete with a raft of great ideas, terrible bills, fights and strange ...

effects on society

A different approach to Sandy Hook: Is the media, for once, loath to reward violence with infamy?

By Karen Brooks Harper

Just like you, I was glued to the TV on Friday night, watching the horrific aftermath of Sandy Hook shootings, trying to shake the sadness and the numbness at once ...

Eating local

Nation's first Farm-to-Table legislative caucus kicks off in Texas with dinner, fundraiser

By Karen Brooks Harper

AUSTIN — The bright purple kohlrabi was pulled from the ground on Tuesday at a farm about 25 miles northwest of Austin. Angel Valley Organic Farm employee Dana Newlove sold it ...

man's best friend

Pitties and pups: Take your four-legged family member's pic with Santa

By Karen Brooks Harper

You take pride in your furry children, and nothing says that more than posing with your pup for a holiday family portrait — except maybe the knowledge that doing so will ...

Election Night 2012

Obama wins re-election while Texas candidates continue battles in Senate, Congress

By Karen Brooks Harper

Some new Texas blood, from both sides of the aisle, heads to a mostly status quo Congress - and the Texas statehouse inches to the left after voters across the Lone ...

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