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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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cover your eyes

Behind the bloody scenes of Austin's haunted House of Torment

By Karen Brooks Harper

After keeping Austin scary at the Highland Mall for 10 solid years, the ghastly House of Torment is celebrating a milestone and hosting its last haunt at its current location ...

election 2012

Why the second presidential debate offered fisticuffs fun but no real news

By Karen Brooks Harper

Last night’s Town Hall-style presidential debate is being called one of the best in decades, an aggressive fisticuffs with an interactive audience and a feisty moderator. And honestly, it ...

the future of austin

Pick your plan: The top 5 design elements from each Waller Creek proposal

By Caitlin M. Ryan, Karen Brooks Harper

Each of the four finalists for the redesign of Waller Creek presented their plans to the public on October 2. The winner will be selected on October 18. Inside we ...

At the conventions

DNC closes, Texas Democrats shine on stage with help of Eva Longoria and Julian Castro

By Karen Brooks Harper

Texas Democrats have a colorful history with the Democratic National Conventions, starting with the 1928 DNC in Houston, in which the Texas delegation railed against its own party’s presidential ...

Political conventions

San Antonio Mayor Castro takes on the GOP in 'watershed' speech at Democratic Convention

By Karen Brooks Harper

A dazzling flash of smile and an inspiring life story were America’s introduction to Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio and the first Hispanic to make the keynote ...

Political conventions

Impact of GOP convention lukewarm for Romney, but positive for Perry and Cruz

By Karen Brooks Harper

While Dems get set to take the stage for their convention in Charlotte this week — and the national GOP begins to weigh the impact of its own recently ended meeting ...

Convention stories

Stars, parties, protestors and politics: A guide to the political conventions

By Karen Brooks Harper

Don't judge me. But there's no place I'd rather be right now than in Tampa, six press badges on lanyards around my neck, pounding down the street ...

GOP upset

Cruz defeats GOP stalwart Dewhurst in watershed victory for Tea Party

By Karen Brooks Harper

Establishment Republicans lost another one on Tuesday night, as upstart Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz snatched the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in a primary runoff that at the ...

political parties

State political conventions make history: Here's why you should care

By Karen Brooks Harper

The state’s two main political parties made history at their respective state conventions this weekend, though you’d be forgiven — sort of — for not really having the conventions on ...

hot wheels

ROT Rally brings biker culture to Austin and pours millions into the economy

By Karen Brooks Harper


Texas primaries 2012

Why runoffs will add drama and sizzle to the normally tepid summer election season

By Karen Brooks Harper

Runoff season hasn’t been this much fun in a long time. Usually reserved for a couple of low-key contests, and generally taking place months earlier, this year’s Round ...

Revitalizing Waller Creek

Just announced: Four finalists, from Austin to Beijing, chosen for Waller Creek redesign

By Karen Brooks Harper

Four design teams, hailing from Austin to Beijing, have been chosen as finalists in the international competition to revitalize Austin’s downtown Waller Creek. The finalists are scheduled to be ...

Texas Relays

The race to glory: Behind the scenes and among the athletes of the Texas Relays

By Karen Brooks Harper

They were champions before they arrived, some of them raised by Olympians and others imbued with the competitive spirit since they were old enough to stand on their own sturdy ...

Sidebar from SXSW

Nadia G: The Cooking Channel's irrepressible bad girl who loves Austin's food scene as much as bar fights

By Karen Brooks Harper

You think you're a fan of the cooking shows, but until you've fallen off your couch in laughter after watching an over-sexed Greek guy named Panos describe the ...

SXSW Interactive

Forget Facebook and iPad: 3 emerging tech start-ups to watch during and after SXSWi

By Karen Brooks Harper

Technology’s most cutting edge is at SXSW Interactive this week, with countless new gadgets being released (why, hello, “The new iPad”) products launched and ideas vying for the honor ...

movie makers

On the red carpet: Documentaries celebrate political, spiritual visionaries

By Karen Brooks Harper

Austin comes alive with glitterati this week as some of the film industry's edgiest, hippest and most anticipated movies of the year make their debuts at SXSW Film Festival ...

election year

Election crunch week: With redistricting in the past and the filing deadline approaching, the race is finally on

By Karen Brooks Harper

Politicians across Texas are scrambling this week to file for election before the Friday deadline, now that months of grappling over Congressional and statehouse maps has finally come to an ...

A place for political junkies

New, interactive site "Virtual Dome" is an online walk through the Capitol, complete with the chatter

By Karen Brooks Harper

The Texas Legislature is a year away, as are the parties and hallway chatter and politically savvy downtown happy hour crowds and raucous floor debates.  This is usually the time ...

along the route

Do you hoopla? Seeing The LIVESTRONG Marathon from the sidelines

By Karen Brooks Harper


March against violence

Soap actor's death spurs Austin animal lovers to join national protests against breed-specific discrimination

By Karen Brooks Harper

Brace yourself, because the following story will not be an easy one to sort out — neither in your head nor your heart.  This Saturday, animal lovers in Austin will gather ...

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