Karen Finney (born August 15, 1967) is an American political consultant and spokesman for the Clinton 2016 presidential campaign. She is a political commentator for MSNBC and hosted the show Disrupt with Karen Finney.
Finney was born in New York to an African-American father who worked as a civil rights lawyer, and a white mother who worked as a labor negotiator. Through her mother, she is related to the Civil War general, Robert E. Lee. As a child, she moved to California with her mother, and went on to attend UCLA.
Finney served four years as the spokesperson and Director of Communications at the Democratic National Committee. She has also written for The Hill, is a commentator for Politico, MSNBC and The Huffington Post.
Finney served as Press Secretary for Hillary Rodham Clinton in the early 1990s. She then moved into the private sector, working in marketing for the children’s academic book company Scholastic Inc.
In 2001, she managed crisis communications for the New York City Board of Education, and worked for Elizabeth Edwards during the 2004 presidential campaign.
On April 2, 2013, it was announced that Finney would host a weekend news program called Disrupt with Karen Finney on MSNBC. On June 5, 2014, it was announced that Finney's weekend news program was cancelled.
- Karen Finney (@finneyk) (August 15, 2012). ""@LeeFinney43: Happy birthday from your biggest fan! @finneyk" Thanks Mom!". Twitter. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
- Karen Finney (@finneyk) (March 6, 2016). "It's so great to be back in Detroit! Spent my 25th birthday here working on another Clinton campaign.". Twitter. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
- Finney, Karen. "Virginia Shame". Huffington Post. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
- Easton, Nina. "Meet the woman who speaks for Hillary Clinton". Forbes. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
- "Karen Finney". The Hill.
- "Karen Finney". Politico.
- "Karen Finney". The Huffington Post.
- Julie Pace (2012-09-22). "Campaign is in high gear, but White House is quiet". MSNBC.
- "Karen Finney named new MSNBC weekend host". Msnbc.com. NBC Universal. April 2, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2013.
- "Karen Finney's MSNBC show canceled". politico.com. Polictio LLC. June 5, 2014. Retrieved June 5, 2014.
- "Karen Finney joins Media Matters". November 25, 2014. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
- "Hillary Clinton adds to campaign press team". April 6, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2015.