Karen Brown Dunlap has devoted more than 30 years to the education of journalists and aspiring journalists. She is president at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., a school dedicated to instruction for journalists and media leaders, and also serves as a trustee. Dr. Dunlap is a board member for the Newspaper Association of America Foundation, and also serves on the boards of the Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc. and the Florida Education Fund. She was a writer at the St. Petersburg Times, and serves as a member of the board of directors of the St. Petersburg Times Publishing Co. In addition to teaching in seminars around the country and abroad, Dr. Dunlap has taught journalism at Tennessee State University, the University of South Florida in Tampa, and continues teaching at Poynter. Dr. Dunlap has co-authored two books, The Effective Editor and The Editorial Eye, and was editor of the Institute’s Best Newspaper Writing series. She is the winner of the 2005 Gerald M. Sass Distinguished Award from the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, as well as an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg in 2006. Dr. Dunlap began her career as a reporter for the Nashville (Tenn.) Banner and later worked as a staff writer at the Macon (Ga.) News.
Updated: July 13, 2012