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Karen Avrich was born on 6 January 1967, in the United States of America, and is a writer, but perhaps better known for being the longtime girlfriend of journalist Mark Halperin. She is the daughter of historian Paul Avrich, and is the co-author of “Sasha and Emma: The Anarchist Odyssey of Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman”, completing the book of her father after his death.
How rich is Karen Avrich? As of late-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $1 million, earned through success in her various endeavors. Her wealth has also likely been elevated thanks to the success of her partner, who has a net worth estimated at $3 million. However, as she continues her endeavors it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
While Karen was born in the US, her family moved to Amsterdam with her father’s work. She grew up with a sister and never really got to spend a lot of time with her father due to the nature of his career. However, she did learn a lot from him, especially in terms of writing, which would become a strong inspiration for her to pursue a similar field.
Eventually, she started writing her own books, and was inspired to follow a similar genre to that of her father, who wrote a lot about anarchism. His father passed away in 2006 while working on the biography of Alexander Berkman and Emma Goldman, after which she continued his work at his request, and it was published in 2012. It was very successful and increased her net worth significantly. She went on tour to promote the book, meantime also working as an editor for several other projects. She has also helped in editing her partner’s political books, including “The Way to Win”.
Karen’s father was an historian focused on the anarchist movement in the US and Russia during the 19th and 20th centuries. He was a distinguished professor of history, serving his entire career teaching at Queens College, City University of New York. He wrote a total of 10 books, mostly about anarchism, and covered stories such as the 1996 Haymarket Riot, the 1921 Kronstadt naval base rebellion, and the Sacco and Banzetti Case.
He did his best to portray the movement’s major figures opposed to the norm, often portrayed as violent and amoral. Throughout his lifetime, he collected papers from these figures and would later donate a 20,000 item collection to the Library of Congress. Several of his works have been nominated for Pulitzer Prizes, and he also won a Philip Taft Labor History Book Award. He passed away in 2006 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease – the book his daughter released was a long term project he had been working on since the 1990s.
Mark Evan Halperin is a journalist, best known for his position as senior political analyst for MSNBC, where he also works as a contributor. He was previously the co-managing editor of Bloomberg Politics, and was also a political director at ABC News. He is the co-author of several books, including “Game Change” and “Double Down: Game Change 2012”. He was the host of the Bloomberg show “With All Due Respect”, and co-starred in “The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth”, which followed presidential campaigns from behind the scenes.
However, his career with NBC was cut short when in 2017 five women came forward accusing Mark of sexual harassment, alleging that he was sexually assaulting young people over whom he had power. He later apologized for pursuing relationships with women who he worked with, however, he denied grabbing another woman’s breast and pressing his genitals against another woman. He was released from his shows soon after the allegations surfaced, and his upcoming projects with HBO was cancelled. Since the initial report, the number of women accusing him of sexual misconduct has increased to around a dozen. He has continued to deny all allegations, but conversely said that he had already taken counseling to help him overcome the problem. His contract with NBC and MSNBC was terminated, also removing him from “Showtime”.
Despite all of the issues surrounding Halperin, Karen has stayed by his side, and has not made any comment about the sexual harassment claims. She manages to maintain her privacy by not having any online presence – she doesn’t have accounts on any of the major social media websites, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Sources state that it is likely a positive thing, as she might be receiving a strong backlash due to her association with someone currently being scrutinized for harassment.
Mark has also been silent from the online world since the accusations, as various news networks apparently continue to gain more information about his alleged misdeeds. He is currently feuding with former partners and co-workers in hopes of trying to retain or regain some of the projects which helped him gain fame for most of his career. With no online activity, it isn’t known what the couple’s current endeavors are. There are rumors going around that they may not be together any more, due to what has transpired in the past year.