Karen J. Coates and Jerry Redfern are both senior fellows at Brandeis University’s Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. They have lived and traveled extensively in Asia, covering food, environment, health and human rights for publications around the world. They also teach writing and photography to journalists in the developing world.
Karen Coates is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. She has covered and studied Asia since spending a semester of graduate school in Hanoi in the mid-1990s. She worked for The Cambodia Daily in Phnom Penh, in 1998; then lived with Jerry for several years in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Her work appears in publications around the world. She also teaches writing to journalists in emerging democracies. In 2010-11, Karen spent a year studying food security and climate change as a Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado. She has developed a palate for Asian food, and keeps her kitchen smelling of curry. You can get another taste of her writing on her food blog, Rambling Spoon. See more of Karen’s professional work here.
Jerry Redfern began his career as a staff photographer at newspapers in the American West, at a time when papers still had darkrooms and photographers still processed their own film. In 1998, he and Karen moved to Cambodia where he shot news, features and investigative stories for numerous publications. That was the start of a deep interest in Asian history, social and environmental issues.
Jerry’s work has won awards from both journalism and art organizations, including the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Fund for Investigative Journalism, Center – Review Santa Fe, and the National Press Photographers Association. He is also a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and was a 2012-2013 Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado, studying data visualization. You can see more of Jerry’s work and order photos from here.