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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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Sharing Stories

June 29, 2020

What first comes to mind when you think of a writer? Perhaps it’s your favorite author or someone who works for a newspaper or magazine. But writers work on all sorts of things. They help create the games we play…


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Making Music

June 26, 2020

Daniel Tashian is a songwriter. He’s written songs for famous musicians such as Kacey Musgraves and Brett Eldredge. This month, he released Mr. Moonlight. It’s a new album he wrote with his three daughters: Tigerlily, Tinkerbell, and Matilda. The album…



Lost and Found

June 25, 2020

A team of biologists recently studied rainfrogs in the forests of northern Ecuador. While doing so, they made a surprising discovery: a Mindo harlequin toad. The creature hadn’t been seen alive in 30 years. The scientists couldn’t believe their eyes.…



Malala Graduates

June 22, 2020

When Malala Yousafzai was 11 years old, she spoke out against the Taliban, an extremist group that does not believe in a girl’s right to education. Last week, at 22 years old, she graduated from Oxford University, in England. Yousafzai…


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Magical Mayhem

June 5, 2020

Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old genius who’s descended from a long line of criminal masterminds. In the new movie Artemis Fowl, his father has been kidnapped. And it’s up to Artemis to save him. To do so, Artemis must steal…


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Historic Win

June 4, 2020

Eight states and Washington, D.C., held primary elections on June 2, amid nationwide protests and a coronavirus pandemic. In what could be a sign of the times, the winners in many of these races were women of color. For primary…


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Plug In and Unwind

May 26, 2020

Playing video games is a great way to have fun with family and friends while you’re stuck at home. TIME for Kids has put together a list of games we think you’ll enjoy as much as we do. They’re available…



Asteroid Blast

May 19, 2020

NASA is planning to launch the DART mission in 2021. DART stands for Double Asteroid Redirection Test. The goal of the mission is to see if NASA can change the course of objects in space, such as asteroids, that might…



New Black Hole

May 7, 2020

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) announced on May 6 that astronomers have found a black hole that is closer to Earth than any yet discovered. The object is about 1,000 light-years away. It’s close enough that the two stars nearest…


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Kids in the Kitchen

April 22, 2020

Be Our Chef is a new cooking competition show that takes place at Walt Disney World, in Florida. Watch as five families cook tasty dishes inspired by Disney stories and family traditions. In each episode, contestants’ creations are judged by…