Karen Frances McCarthy MA is a published author and public speaker. Formerly a political journalist, she now focuses on spirituality, existential belief systems and the philosophy of religion.
She contributes to a variety of media outlets on spirituality issues, including Salon, Huffington Post, Beliefnet, Network Ireland and the Irish Echo. As an SNU accredited public speaker, she speaks about contemporary views of death and dying and the afterlife. She also has a keen interest in philosophy, physics and consciousness theory.
As a journalist, she was an embedded Iraq war correspondent contributing to The Irish Times, Times Union, and The News Tribune. She covered U.S. politics for The Irish Examiner, wrote a daily news report for Al Jazeera. As an author, her book The Other Irish was supported by Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs as a cultural outreach effort in Ireland's cross-border peace process. It received considerable attention from NPR, BBC, the McClatchy newswire, The Huffington Post and many other TV, radio, and print media outlets. For this work, she was named one of the top Irish female broadcasters who have made an international impact.
In television, she produced two documentaries with Deepak Chopra, The Crystal Cave and Alchemy: The Art of Spiritual Transformation. She also wrote and produced the documentary series, Made in America, about immigrants, focusing on the challenges and triumphs of the human spirit. It received an Irish Film and Television Award (IFTA) nomination for best documentary series.
She is a graduate of the London School of Journalism, has an MA from University College Dublin and is currently preparing for a PhD in Religious Studies. She is also working on a new non-fiction book about science and religion and the search for truth.