Karen Bar­low

Adventuring journalist

Karen Bar­low

Adventuring journalist

For ABC journ­al­ist Karen Bar­low, the adven­ture, ice, cli­mate research and pen­guins made the con­tin­ent the per­fect assign­ment. So much so that she twice hitched a ride on an Aus­tralian icebreaker.

ABC journ­al­ist Karen Bar­low recounts her amaz­ing adven­tures over two Sum­mers as she traveled as a work­ing journ­al­ist to the driest, most remote place on Earth: the Ant­arc­tic. Both an amaz­ing travelogue and per­sonal recol­lec­tion of intense per­sonal exper­i­ences, Karen’s story gives us an intim­ate insight into the life of a work­ing journ­al­ist as well as incred­ible imagery of one of the remotest, yet increas­ingly human-affected, places on earth.


Ant­arc­tica is a place where few people dare dream to tread.

Karen Barlow’s two voy­ages down south were no lux­ury cruises. Neither were they float­ing hard­ships. The time spent man­ning a very tem­por­ary ABC Ant­arc­tic bur­eau was fun, frus­trat­ing and fas­cin­at­ing.

Zipped up in spe­cial astro­naut-like sur­vival gear, cli­mate research was wit­nessed at its most primal: col­lect­ing tem­per­at­ures. Karen also found the time to lose a cam­eraman for two days and be attacked by a not-so-friendly parade of pen­guins.

Karen Bar­low is an award-win­ning broad­cast journ­al­ist who has covered polit­ics and two Olympics.