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Dr. Karen B. Dunlap
Dr. Karen B. Dunlap has devoted more than 30 years to the education of journalists and aspiring journalists. She is former president of The Poynter Institute and former member of the Board of Directors of the Times Publishing Company, the board of the Newspaper Association of America Foundation and Eckerd College Board of Trustees.
She has led seminars on writing throughout the nation and abroad, and is co-author of "The Effective Editor" with Foster Davis, and of "The Editorial Eye" with Jane Harrigan. Dunlap was editor of the Institute’s Best Newspaper Writing series and has served three times as a Pulitzer Prize jurist. She was a reporter for the Macon News and the Nashville Banner and was a staff writer at the St. Petersburg Times.
She began her tenure at Poynter in 1989. Prior to that, she taught journalism at Tennessee State University in Nashville and at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Dunlap is a graduate of Michigan State University and Tennessee State University, and received her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. She has been recognized as an outstanding alum by each and honored with the Gerald M. Sass Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communications in 2005, an honorary doctorate from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg in 2006, and the Missouri Honor Medal from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She retired from Poynter in 2014.