Karen Rollins

Karen Rollins, a black woman with curly hair, smiling while holding a copy of "A Tale of Two Cities".
Karen Rollins

  • Karen Rollins is a writer based in Barbados who specializes in culture, travel, lifestyle, health, and business-related features.
  • Karen has worked as a freelance producer and broadcast journalist for several leading international news and current affairs organizations including ITN, Al Jazeera English, Reuters, and BBC World TV.
  • Karen volunteers as an associate editor and blog writer for two health-related entities: Age Watch in the UK, which focuses on helping people live longer, healthier lives and the Barbados Adventure Race (BAR) which promotes exercise to combat non-communicable diseases.

Experience

Karen has worked as a journalist for over 20 years in the U.K. and overseas. She started off in print as a software writer for a computer magazine. At 24, she left England to backpack solo around the world for 10 months on the trip of a lifetime. San Francisco, LA, Hawaii, New Zealand, and Australia were the major stops on her round-the-world adventure which included too many highlights to mention.

Back in the U.K. she gained a university scholarship with BBC News and Sport and subsequently spent seven years at the Beeb (as it’s affectionately known in the UK) working for radio, online, and TV.

Karen has spent most of her journalism career on the never-ending treadmill of breaking news in some of the most demanding and fast-paced media organizations in the world. She is a self-confessed news junkie!

In 2017, Karen took a leap of faith and moved to Barbados (where her parents are from). She currently writes features celebrating Caribbean life, culture, and regional business personalities.

Education

Karen has a master’s degree in international journalism from Napier University (passed with distinction). A post-graduate diploma in broadcast journalism and a BA (Honours) degree in journalism.

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