Christy Karras is a passionate researcher, writer, editor, and teacher who has made a career of finding interesting things and people and telling the world about them. She is the author or co-author of three books and is working on her fourth, fifth, and sixth (and is already thinking about the seventh and eighth). She also writes freelance stories for publications such as the Seattle Times, covering everything from film to fashion to roller derby to zombie marches.She graduated from the University of Utah, where she launched her journalism career writing news stories and editorials, editing copy, selling ads, and designing pages for the Daily Utah Chronicle. She went on to earn a master’s degree in international relations at the University of Cambridge in England.
She worked as a staff reporter for The Associated Press in Salt Lake City and Portland, covering breaking news, editing other writers’ stories, and writing for television and radio. She returned to Salt Lake City to help the AP cover the 2002 Olympics. Shortly thereafter, the Salt Lake Tribune offered her a job writing about arts, entertainment, the outdoors, and travel. At the Tribune, she directed much of the fine arts coverage, became a well-known film and music critic, and launched the popular “Single in Utah” series.
In early 2007, Karras left the Tribune to help shape a new publication as Associate Editor at Wasatch Journal magazine, a regional lifestyle quarterly. On top of writing and editing duties, she was instrumental in creating the magazine’s identity, implementing production guidelines, and shaping organizational structure. She took charge of the magazine’s marketing, public relations, and press outreach, which entailed planning events, writing and distributing press releases, and arranging media coverage.
She left full-time work at the magazine in the summer of 2008 to finish two books, Motorcycle Touring in the Southwest and More Than Petticoats: Notable Women of Utah, both of which were published in December 2009. In fall 2008, she moved to Seattle with her fiancé, technology analyst Bill Harper, and began work on another book, Motorcycle Touring in the Northwest, which will be published in spring 2010.
Her freelance work has appeared in regional and national publications including the Seattle Times and the New York Times. She has also taught college-level courses in editing, journalism, and professional writing.