Karen Leggett Abouraya

Karen Leggett Abouraya is a writer, author, and former broadcast journalist on ABC Radio WMAL in Washington, D.C. Karen advocates for people with learning differences including supporting programs that lead to employment opportunities. She is also the author of award winning children’s books including Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt's Treasured Books and Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words. Karen reviews children’s books and interviews authors for the New York Times, the Baltimore Sun, Children’s Literature, Washington Parent and others. Karen has also written for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (National Wildlife Refuge System), Voice of America, International Educator magazine (NAFSA), and others. Karen graduated from Brown University (international relations) and met her Egyptian husband in Washington. They have two children and have been lucky enough to visit Egypt many times – especially Alexandria, her husband’s hometown. She grew up in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, surrounded by writing and books: her father was a journalist and her mother is a retired school librarian.