As communications director of the Dewey Square Group’s California practice, Karen translates her deep background in journalism into strategic and crisis communications advice as well as media relations for clients from the private, nonprofit and academic sectors. She also moderates the DSG’s popular conversation series She Shares, featuring women leaders making a difference in California and beyond.
Karen was a longtime correspondent for Newsweek magazine, serving as White House and Diplomatic correspondent during the Clinton Administration and later as San Francisco bureau chief. She covered several presidential campaigns and as a foreign correspondent based in Germany and Eastern Europe, covered major historical events including the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of communism in Europe. Before joining DSG, Karen was executive communications director and speechwriter in the University of California Office of the President. She began her journalism career at NPR’s Morning Edition.
Karen has received numerous awards for her journalism, including the American Society of Magazine Editors, the Overseas Press Club Association and the Headline Club of New York. She has appeared as a commentator on CNN, ABC News, NPR and PBS. At DSG, she was an editor on the award-winning Shriver Report, produced by Maria Shriver.
Karen was raised in Japan, where her father was an Air Force officer, and in California, San Antonio and Houston, TX. She holds a B.A. with honors from the University of California, Davis and an M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. Karen was a John. S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.