About Me

I’m Karla Starr.1(Yes, I have an elephant collection in my office.)

I’m a columnist for Medium and write the newsletter The Starr Report on Substack.

I’ve appeared on NPR and CBS Sunday Morning, and have written for The Atlantic, Slate, Popular Science, and the Guardian. won an award for the Best Science/Health story from the Society of Professional Journalists.

My first book, Can You Learn to Be Lucky? Why Some People Seem to Win More Often Than Others, was named a Fast Company best book of the year.

I wrote book #2, Making Numbers Count: The Art and Science of Communicating Numbers, with Chip Heath (Switch, Made to Stick). So far, Making Numbers Count is a hit with The Wall Street Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Adam Grant, NPR, and the Next Big Idea Club.

When I’m not working, I enjoy cooking, teaching myself graphic design, reading actual books (here’s a list of my favorites), and taking long walks with my dog Daisy. Plus reading random things online and binge-watching TV.


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