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Karen F McCarthy is an independent journalist, author, documentary scriptwriter based in New York and Dublin. She has an M.A. in literature and is a graduate of the London School of Journalism. She has amassed over a decade of diverse writing experience ranging from politics and business to lifestyle and wellness.

As a journalist, she covered the war in Iraq for The Irish Times, U.S. politics for The Irish Examiner, wrote a daily news report for the Al Jazeera English broadcast center in Washington, D.C., and contributed on a variety of issues to a number of U.S. and international media outlets. For the last two years, she has been writing about travel, wellness, and live events for Skyword.com. She also contributes to the Irish Echo and Riverdale Press on spirituality and wellness issues.

As an author, her book The Other Irish: The Scots-Irish Rascals Who Made America, received considerable attention from NPR, BBC, the McClatchy newswire, The Huffington Post, and many other TV, radio, and print media outlets. It was supported by Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs as part of the cross-border peace process. She has been named one of the top Irish female broadcasters who have made an international impact.

The book has been optioned by a Los Angeles TV company. Her previous documentary series, Made in America, received an Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA) nomination for best documentary series.

After many years covering politics and war, she now focuses on lifestyle, wellness and spirituality issues. She is currently working on a new non-fiction book What is Life? about Irish scientists, astronomers, and their search for truth.

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