Karen Datangel was a timid kid with a big imagination, the oldest of three American-born kids from Filipino immigrant parents living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She enjoyed her writing assignments in elementary school and wrote even more in her spare time, so she took her love of writing to her high school newspaper and decided on Journalism as her major in college. She graduated with her B.A. in the field from San Francisco State University in 2011.
She got her first big break that year (Before her last semester of college) and moved to Los Angeles for a summer to intern for Bonnie Fuller’s site Hollywood Life. There, she was sent to events, celebrity parties, award shows, and premieres most folks would kill to attend and bring back some juicy gossip (And probably pissed off a few C-list stars in the process). Though she was more of an American Idol fanatic, Karen lived somewhat of a dream as HL’s beat reporter for season 7 of So You Think You Can Dance.
From there, Karen built a portfolio of editorial work in lifestyle and entertainment verticals. She now has bylines in Bustle, Fandom, POPSUGAR, Audrey Magazine, and Examiner.com to name a few (Though RIP to those last two publications listed). She particularly developed a passion for film and has worked with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) on their flagship festival for many years. Her favorite interview subjects include Anna Kendrick, Sophia Bush, Lo Bosworth, and Jennifer Siebel Newsom. In addition to her writing contributions on the Web and in print, Karen kept variations of mildly successful blogs to share her passions and life, amplify her online presence, and build her body of work.
Karen’s 9 to 5 resume is just as vast as her editorial portfolio, with focus on user operations and support in the Bay Area’s booming tech industry. She’s currently sharing her writing/editing and social media expertise on Salesforce’s developer marketing team. She has also worked in office administration, local politics, at a doggy daycare, and of course, in retail.
San Francisco Giants baseball is a huge part of Karen’s life and had a bit part in her work as well. A devoted fan since 2007 (When Barry Bonds was breaking home run records all over the place), she was part of the @CafeSFG social media staff for games at AT&T Park for the 2016 and 2017 seasons as well as the 2018 Fanfest. When she’s not at the yard or she can’t make a road game (Which is like 99.9 percent of the time), she’s usually
complaining chatting about the game with followers on her personal Twitter.
Aside from writing, work, enjoying movies/music/etc, and baseball, Karen can be seen out and about in SF wearing yoga pants and a hoodie or a floral dress, eating breakfast food or pizza or petting someone else’s dog. Most likely, she’ll have a cocktail in her hand at a bar, chatting it up with old and new friends alike. She continues to be a proud advocate for progressive causes and human rights and currently serves as a member of Spark, a philanthropic professional network that invests in improving the lives of women across the globe.
Karen currently lives in the city’s North Beach neighborhood.
(Photo by Jenna Monaco)