A growing interest in European issues prompted Karen to concentrate on EU stories and today she is the editor of EuroParlRadio which reports on the European Parliament. This gives her unrivalled access to Europe’s power brokers and puts her at the heart of European developments whether it’s the fallout from Brexit or the ongoing economic and financial rollercoaster.
“We often end up covering a range of stories from major ones like Brexit, the euro crisis, TTIP and Syrian refugees to less headline-grabbing stuff like misleading labels on food produce and toxic chemicals on household products.” Karen Coleman
Karen is also a much sought-after international conference and event moderator. She has chaired numerous high-level conferences covering a wide range of topics from complex EU issues to economic, environmental, health and other topics.
Karen’s extensive journalistic career began in RTE after she graduated from UCD and DCU. She then moved to the BBC where she spent 10 years working in Belfast, Scotland and the Balkans where she covered the conflicts in the region from 1995 to 1998. After her assignment in the Balkans, she moved to the BBC in London where she worked as a senior correspondent for BBC Radio 4’s prestigious Today programme. When Newstalk radio was being established in Ireland in 2002, the station asked Karen to join its team of presenters. For nearly a decade Karen hosted the award-winning Wide Angle show. The show’s dynamic mix of live debates and compelling interviews on international stories made it unique in Irish broadcasting.