Karen Pennar has a long career as a journalist and has also worked in health care and written plays.
Karen’s first reporting job was at the Journal of Commerce, where she wrote about foreign currencies. She subsequently worked for nearly two decades at BusinessWeek Magazine, where as Economics Editor and Senior Writer she covered a wide range of domestic and international topics, including globalization, Federal Reserve policy, international trade, human capital, and the privatization of Russian enterprises. She was the lead writer on numerous BusinessWeek cover stories and served as Assistant Managing Editor for BusinessWeek’s 1999 special issue, 100 Years of Innovation.
A born and bred New Yorker, Karen grew up in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan in a multi-cultural household – her mother was Egyptian and her father was Estonian. Karen received a BA in economics from Barnard College and a Masters in Public Health from Yale University. She speaks conversational French and Russian.
Mohammad Jehangir Khan, AKA Jehangir Khattak, Co-Director
Jehangir began his journalism career in 1986 in Pakistan working for a variety of English daily newspapers before becoming news editor of The Frontier Post. During the 1990s, he covered the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the subsequent civil war, the rise of the Taliban and upheavals in Pakistan. He remained President of the largest press club in northwestern Pakistan, and worked for international organizations like Reporters Sans Frontiers. Jehangir’s association with the New York’s ethnic and community media started in the late 1990s when he worked for different Pakistani community Urdu and English language publications. He writes a weekly Urdu column and does a television show on a Pakistani TV channel, besides regularly appearing on Pakistani and American radio and TV channels as analyst.
Jennifer Cheng is the associate editor at Voices of NY and assists in the planning and technical side for events and projects at the Center for Community and Ethnic Media. She has been working with the ethnic and community press since 2009 when she joined the New York Community Media Alliance, which housed Voices That Must Be Heard, the predecessor to Voices of NY. Along with working on Voices there, she helped put together the report, “Ethnic and Community Press Fellowship – Developing an Education Beat” and was involved in organizing the Ippies Journalism Awards. Jennifer has a B.S. from New York University. She has some experience in web coding and is conversational in Mandarin Chinese.