Dr. Karen B. Dunlap is a teacher, facilitator and president emeritus of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies after retiring in January 2014. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Knight Stanford Journalism Fellows, a board member of Eckerd College, Shands UF Health and the American Baptist College, and a former board member of the (Tampa Bay) Times Publishing Company and trustee of the Poynter Institute. 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 an editor of the Institute’s Best Newspaper Writing series and has served six times as a Pulitzer Prize jurist. She was a reporter for the Macon News and the Nashville Banner and served stints at the St. Petersburg Times. She began her Poynter tenure on the faculty in 1989 then became dean for a decade before her serving as president for over a decade. Prior to Poynter 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.