Karen Petree is a journalist, photographer & tech-savvy storyteller.


“How Camping Alone Helped Me Beat Pandemic Loneliness.” My Imperfect Life, 17 July 2022.

Amazing Things Women Are Doing to Fight for Ukraine.” My Imperfect Life, 11 Mar. 2022

Just Looking.” FASPE Journalism, FASPE, 21 July 2014.

“8 Vital Hacks To Keep Yourself Safe On A Solo Trip So You Get Home In One Piece.” Elite Daily, 17 Dec. 2018

“9 Unexpectedly Helpful Things You Need To Pack In Your Suitcase.” Elite Daily, 17 Dec. 2018

The Road to Big Bend.” Folded Word, 12 Dec. 2018



  • AP style
  • professional ethics
  • visual and multimedia storytelling
  • strong writing skills
  • treats deadlines as sacred
  • reporting and fact checking
  • interviewing
  • research
  • mobile reporting
  • knows something about most things, starts there
  • photography and large batch photo editing
  • competent with audiovisual equipment
  • script writing
  • basic video and sound editing

tech and design

  • HTML5 and CSS3
  • WordPress
  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Express (Spark), Dreamweaver, XD
  • photo editing
  • web design
  • wire-framing and mockups
  • visual hierarchy
  • color theory
  • typography
  • Experience building sites in Wix and FourSquare
  • style guides
  • familiarity with Figma
  • familiarity with Final Cut X and Reaper
  • familiarity with JavaScript
  • learning Python
  • learning Premiere Pro

other useful skills

  • highly creative, put practical
  • intercultural communication
  • typically overplans, but improvises majestically
  • enterprising and adventurous
  • always learning
  • uses head, trusts gut
  • works great solo, but collaborates well with others
  • excellent at synthesizing and amalgamating information
  • background in cultural anthropology


  • English native
  • French decent
  • Spanish learning and improving
  • German can say hello and swear just convincingly enough to buy time

negative traits
  • whilst thinking outside the box has, on occasion, lost the box
  • eats a lot, gets expensive
  • can be a bit snobby about tacos
  • uses words like “whilst” at parties