Dr. Karen B. Dunlap

President Emerita

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Dr. Karen B. Dunlap has devoted more than 35 years to the education of journalists. She was president and a Trustee of The Poynter Institute until her retirement in 2014. She began her Poynter tenure in 1989 as part of the faculty, then served as dean and President of the Institute. Dunlap was an editor of the Institute‚Äôs Best Newspaper Writing series and has served six times as a Pulitzer Prize jurist.

She is also a member of the Tampa Bay Times and Eckerd College boards. 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. She was a reporter for the Macon News and the Nashville Banner and served stints at the St. Petersburg Times.

She taught at Tennessee State University and the University of South Florida. Dunlap graduated from Michigan State University and Tennessee State University, and received her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. Her awards include the Gerald M. Sass Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communications, an honorary doctorate from Eckerd College, and the Missouri Honor Medal from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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