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Karen Shih ’09

Karen Shih has come full circle from her toddler days, when she lived with her parents in University of Maryland graduate housing. She's written for a variety of schools, including Brandeis University, Tufts University and Perkins School for the Blind, and she's always ready to cover the next great food or animal story.


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Return of the Queen

Drag Trivia Host Alum Heads Back to ‘Jeopardy!’ for Tournament of Champions

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A Soaring Success

Bald Eagle Expert Joins Legendary Explorers Club Honorees

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UM-ade in Minecraft

Go Behind the Scenes of Student’s Virtual Build of McKeldin Mall

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6 Times U.S. Presidents Visited UMD

Speeches, Slam Dunks—and Monkey Skin?

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What It Takes: Army ROTC

From Practicing Ambushes to Pulling a 90-Pound Sled, UMD Cadets Learn to Lead

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2024 UMD Summer Camps

Learn to Code, Find Some Bugs, Sculpt a Masterpiece—and More

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5 Totally Turtle-y Love Stories

On Valentine’s Day, UMD Faculty and Staff Couples Shell Out Perks of Working Together

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Mythical Beasts and Lucky Dishes: Lunar New Year Traditions, Explained

UMD Expert on D.C.-area Celebrations Breaks Down Chinese Customs

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Alum’s New Book Celebrates Black Style Icon

‘Miles of Style’ Honors Eunice Johnson, Woman Behind Ebony Magazine and Fashion Fairs

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To Like or Not to Like: Facebook at 20

The Social Media Pioneer Changed the World, But Not Always for Good. A UMD Expert Explains Its Complicated Legacy.

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Capital-area Chronicler Turns the Page

Departing Washington Post Columnist Shares 20 Years of Family Tales, Reader Favorites

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5 African American Works of Art Everyone Should Know

From Pulitzer Prize-winning Poetry to Renowned Modern Dance, Faculty Experts Share Their Picks

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