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Karin Williams


Karin Williams is veteran journalist and documentary filmmaker with extensive U.S. television credits and wide experience working around the Pacific. She was born in Aotearoa/New Zealand of Pacific Islands heritage, began her career as a reporter on the island of Rarotonga, and then worked for broadcast and cable networks in New Zealand and the United States.

In a career that spans 30 years, Karin has been a reporter, producer and independent filmmaker in Rarotonga, Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, Seattle and Los Angeles. She has worked as a producer on a wide range of projects for radio and television, including Radio New Zealand and Seattle’s NBC affiliate KING-TV. Karin’s work has earned dozens of honors including five regional Emmys and the Peabody Award. Her projects have screened at festivals across the United States and the Pacific, including the Hawai’i International Film Festival and the Native American Film & Video Festival at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. National PBS credits include Skin Stories, on indigenous Pacific Islands tattoo traditions; The Meaning of Food, exploring food and cultures in America; and America at a Crossroads: Homegrown, tracing the rise of radical Islam in U.S. prisons. Documentary series include the Court TV forensic series L.A. Forensics and North Mission Road, featuring cases from the Los Angeles County Coroner and LAPD Crime Lab. Karin has worked as a freelance field producer for international networks including CNN, NBC, Reuters and Discovery. Shoots have taken her to remote and extreme locations – filming at 40-below in a remote Athabascan village above the Arctic Circle, shooting full-body traditional tattoo in Samoa, interviewing indigenous whalers on the Northwest Coast, and paddling a canoe on the Yukon River. For the past decade Karin has worked with native tribes and first nations in Alaska and Canada to document a grassroots tribal environmental movement in the Yukon River basin. She is in post-production on a one-hour film about this effort, which has become a global model for ecosystem protection. Karin has climbed mountains and skied down glaciers in the Pacific Northwest and Canada, kayaked in Central America, Hawaii and New Zealand, and scuba dived on coral reefs in Mexico and the South Pacific. She and her husband are currently raising two children and two cats in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles.