Karen Ricketts was born and raised in the Arkansas River Valley, and has a passion for storytelling, photography, and public service. Karen is an alumna of Arkansas Tech University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in journalism in 2015 and her Master of Arts in multi-media journalism in 2017. Throughout college Karen was a trumpet player in Arkansas Tech’s Band of Distinction, served as Vice President of the Beta Nu chapter of the Tau Beta Sigma sorority, was a member of the ATU Anthropology Club, a contributor to the campus newspaper The ArkaTech, and produced newscasts for Tech TV. As a graduate student, she served as a member of the Graduate Student Council and worked as a Graduate Assistant for the MARCOMM department. She previously worked in the broadcast field as a Digital Content Producer for Nexstar Media Group. Her written work has been published in the ABOUT the River Valley magazine. Most recently, Karen was a 2020 Progressive Turnout Project Fellow and was able to support the Joyce Elliott for Congress Campaign AR-02 as a field organizer. Karen developed an interest in reproductive rights and social justice issues in the South while in graduate school. Her multi-media capstone project “Motherhood on My Time” focused on stories of motherhood and reproductive rights in Arkansas. In 2017, she joined the Arkansas Coalition for Reproductive Justice and has helped plan their annual rallies at the State Capitol ever since. She is a supporter and volunteer for Planned Parenthood Great Plains and the Arkansas Abortion Support Network. She is also a former member of Rock Town Roller Derby and often served as a non-skating official on game days. Her plans for the future are to combine her passions of visual storytelling and communication with community activism work that focuses on issues surrounding climate change and social justice. Karen aims to become involved in policy making that finds intersectional and holistic solutions to these issues. Karen currently resides in Little Rock. She enjoys farmer’s markets, her varied collection of house plants, supporting local businesses, and gardening.