Karen Kasmauski is a contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine. Since 1984, she has produced 12 major stories for National Geographic, including a global look at the effects of radiation, an examination of the sociology of Japanese Women, and coverage of Japan's economic role in Asia.
In July, 1994, National Geographic published her pictures on Viruses. The coverage, involving work in 14 countries, included AIDS, rabies, yellow fever, denge fever and influenza. In April, 1995, Karen's coverage of Ho Chi Minh City was the National Geographic cover story. Her most recent story, on the Kobe Earthquake, was published in the July, 1995 issue.
Prior to joining National Geographic, Kasmauski spent five years as staff photographer with the Virginian-Pilot/Ledger Star in Norfolk, Virginia. An extended essay on Down's Syndrome for that paper won first place in the annual Pictures of the Year competition. Her National Geographic coverage on Radiation won top honors in the same competition.
Kasmauski photographed the book "Hampton Roads," published by Howell Press. She has contributed to several book/CD-ROM projects including "Passage to Vietnam," "Women in the Material World," and "Seven Days in the Phillipines." Her coverage of Japanese Women has been developed into a forthcoming CD-ROM.
Kasmauski has taught at numerous workshops and conferences, including the annual Women in Photojournalism conference. She has degrees in Anthropology and Religion from the University of Michigan. She is married, with two children, Will, 5 and Katie, 3.