Words in Progress.


Keren Blankfeld is a writer covering refugees and immigrants. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, Reuters, The New York Daily News, The Jerusalem PostThe Toronto Star, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Scientific American. Keren has been a guest on CNN, BBC World News and E! Entertainment. She is an Adjunct Professor of Journalism at New York University’s Graduate School and has taught at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Keren is also a contributor at Forbes, where she formerly served as a deputy editor and staff writer.

Keren was previously a creative executive at New Regency Productions, where she worked with screenwriters to develop material for movies and TV shows. She earned a B.A. in International Relations and English from Tufts University and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University.

The grandchild of four Holocaust survivors and Eastern European refugees, Keren was born in Brazil and immigrated to Houston, TX at age 12. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.


4 Responses to “Bio”

  1. jjbarnes16

    Hi Keren,

    I just read your piece about Mr. Wisnia and Ms. Spitzer in the New York Times, and I thought I’d reach out to say how deeply it touched me. It was a hauntingly beautiful story, and you told it so compassionately. It was an extraordinary read. Thank you for writing it,


  2. Sandy

    Just read Lovers in Auschwitz, Reunited 72 Years Later. Very touching story. Small point, please don’t use Pole when describing someone. The correct term is Polish. Thank you.

  3. Christina Smith

    Crying my eyes out at the marvelous story that is humanity after reading your piece in the New York Times about the couple from Auschwitz. It’s amazing that these stories even happen and a blessing that people have writers like yourself to share the tales. How wonderful the piece was. I just read it out loud to my husband – and I never read aloud. Thank you.


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