Karen Duffin

Karen (@duffinkaren) is currently one of the hosts of NPR's Planet Money. For her 2019 Breakout Session, Karen will both break down and complicate how-to's of interviewing for not just information, but also narratives.

She was a producer at This American Life prior to joining Planet Money , and started her radio life as a freelance producer, reporting stories for Radiolab, More Perfect, The Moth, Reply All, and others. Karen has also been a Moth story coach, and now taught/teaches radio at the NYU and CUNY Graduate Schools of Journalism.


Karen's dad wanted to pass on his curiosity and his faith to his seven children. Karen inherited that curiosity, but sharing his faith is another story.


Start From The Beginning

Most people can recount the facts of their situation, but how do you get them to tell you an actual story? Interviewing for narrative calls for a slightly different set of interview muscles – from the kinds of questions you ask, to helping a source tap into details and emotion of moments long past.