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Eckerd College Commencement
Commencement Speaker
If journalism falters, democracy is in danger.
- Karen Brown Dunlap, President of The Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, Florida

Dr. Karen Brown Dunlap, President of The Poynter Institute, has accepted our invitation to be the speaker for the 43rd Commencement of Eckerd College.

Dr. Dunlap leads the world-renowned Poynter Institute, a school for journalists, future journalists and teachers of journalists. The media on whom we rely for news stories at home and abroad - reporters, newsroom editors, television producers, photojournalists, designers, journalism teachers, publishers and station owners - rely on Poynter.

In 2002, Dr. Dunlap was the first African-American member to be appointed to the St. Petersburg Times Publishing Co. board of directors. She joined the Poynter writing faculty in 1989 and was appointed president in 2003. She is the co-author of The Effective Editor and The Editorial Eye, has twice served as a Pulitzer Prize jurist and publishes articles on award-winning writing. As an educator, she has led seminars throughout the world.

Dr. Dunlap is a trustee member at Poynter, a member of the foundation board of the Newspaper Association of America, and serves on the boards of the Florida Education Fund and Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc.

She was a reporter for the Macon News and the Nashville Banner, and stints as a staff writer at the St. Petersburg Times. She also edited a weekly. After 10 years of teaching journalism at Tennessee State University in Nashville, she joined the journalism faculty at the University of South Florida in Tampa in 1985. Dr. Dunlap is a graduate of Michigan State University and Tennessee State University, and received her Ph.D. in mass communications from the University of Tennessee.

Read Dr. Dunlap's Dec. 23, 2005 article posted on Poynter, Year of Storms: Lessons Learned & Stories Yet to be Told.
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