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Karena Phan

Karena Phan is an Editorial Assistant at Time for Kids. Before joining TFK, she was an intern at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, DC. Karena grew up in Sacramento, California, and graduated from the University of California, Irvine, in 2018 with a bachelor's in literary journalism and a minor in digital information systems. In college she was one of the first news interns at her campus radio station news program, KUCI News, where she found her passion working in a newsroom. She is excited about helping bring media literacy into the classroom and contributing her skills to the TIME for Kids team. In her free time she loves to rock climb, read comic books, and explore new food places.

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First Pets

June 30, 2021

When the First Family moves into the White House, its pets come too. Many animals have lived in the White House. Read on to learn about five presidents and their pets. President Barack Obama Presidential term: 2009–2017 Obama had…

United States

Meet An Athlete

May 21, 2021

The Paralympic Games will take place in Tokyo, Japan. They are for the world’s best athletes who have a disability. Nicky Nieves plays sitting volleyball. She’s on the United States women’s team. She’s a gold medalist. TFK’s Karena Phan spoke…


New Muppets in Town

April 22, 2021

Sesame Street has two new residents. Elijah Walker is a weather forecaster. He has a son. The boy’s name is Wesley. He’s 5. They are part of a new effort. Sesame Street wants to answer kids’ questions about race and…


Little Lizard

March 11, 2021

Scientists have discovered what may be the smallest reptile on Earth. The species is called Brookesia nana. It’s also known as a nano-chameleon. It lives in the rainforest in northern Madagascar. The finding was published in the journal Scientific Reports.…


On Board the Titanic

March 11, 2021

On April 10, 1912, the Titanic set sail on its first voyage. The Titanic was a British luxury passenger ship. It was described as “unsinkable.” The ship set off from England. It was supposed to cross the Atlantic Ocean to…



Space Junk

December 17, 2020

There are many working satellites in space. We depend on them. They send information to the technology we use every day. But many other satellites are broken and still in orbit. Space junk is a problem. Debris floating around the…