Karen Stabiner | Columbia Journalism School

Karen Stabiner

Adjunct Faculty

Karen Stabiner is the author of “Generation Chefpublished September 2016, which follows a young chef as he opens his first restaurant and chronicles the upheaval in that riskiest of businesses. Her ten previous books include “To Dance With the Devil: The New War on Breast Cancer,” a New York Times Notable Book, and her personal favorite, “My Girl: Adventures With a Teen in Training.” While the dignified label for what she does is narrative non-fiction, or immersion journalism, she prefers to think of herself as a fly on the wall. She has also written two cookbooks and two novels. 
Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Columbia Journalism Review, The New Yorker, Gourmet (a James Beard award finalist), Saveur, Vogue and Mother Jones. Karen was a founder of an alternative newspaper in Santa Barbara, California, and graduated from the University of Michigan. She prizes face-to-face conversation, whether at school or when she’s reporting. Karen teaches Reporting, a writing module on feature-writing, and a second-semester class in food journalism and has been known to bake for class.