Karen Tumulty

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Karen Tumulty
Born (1955-12-01) December 1, 1955 (age 59)[1]
San Antonio, Texas
Notable credit(s) The Washington Post, Time Magazine
Spouse(s) Paul Richter
Children Nicholas, Jack

Karen Tumulty (born 1955) is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post. Before joining the Post, Tumulty wrote for Time from October 1994 to April 2010. She was a Congressional correspondent as well as the National Political Correspondent based in Washington D.C. for the magazine.[2]

Tumulty graduated from David Crockett High School in Austin, Texas in May 1973. She later graduated in 1977 from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Journalism with high honors; she is an alumna of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority. She received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1981.

Tumulty is a native of San Antonio, Texas, where she began her career at the now-defunct San Antonio Light. Tumulty spent 14 years with the Los Angeles Times, covering the US Congress, economics, business, energy, and general-assignment beats. While at the Times, she won the Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished business and financial journalism in 1982, and the National Press Foundation's Edwin Hood Award for diplomatic correspondence in 1993.

Tumulty joined Time in 1994. She covered Congress for two years, during which time she reported and wrote the magazine's 1995 "Man of the Year" profile of Newt Gingrich. In 1996, she became a White House Correspondent, writing major stories on President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton. She became the National Political Correspondent in 2001.

In the 2008 Presidential campaign, Tumulty accused the campaign of Senator John McCain of "playing the race card" for a television ad criticizing the connections between Senator Barack Obama and Franklin Raines, the former CEO of Fannie Mae. Tumulty claimed that the ad displayed "sinister images of two black men, followed by one of a vulnerable-looking elderly white woman."[3] The McCain campaign pointed out that they had also produced an ad criticizing the connections of Barack Obama to Jim Johnson, another former Fannie Mae CEO who is white. According to the McCain campaign, Tumulty did not correct her post, but responded with "I grew up in Texas. I know what this stuff looks like." The McCain campaign has accused Tumulty of "hysterical liberal bias."[4]

Tumulty's coverage of health care reform issues has been informed by her personal experience with her brother Patrick's health problems.[5]

Besides her work in print journalism, she has appeared as a television/webcasting news analyst on the public affairs programs Washington Week on PBS,[6] as well as Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News (as part of the 'All-Star Panel').[7]

Admiral William H. McRaven, her fifth grade classmate and commander of USSOCOM, was her guest at the 2012 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.[8] Adm. McRaven commanded JSOC when it planned and carried out Operation Neptune Spear, the U.S. Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

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  1. ^ Tumulty's Twitter account
  2. ^ Tumulty, Karen (April 9, 2010). "A Personal Note About TIME". Time. 
  3. ^ Tumulty, Karen (September 18, 2008). "McCain Plays the Race Card". Time. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  4. ^ "No Time for the Facts". johnmccain.com. September 19, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  5. ^ Tumulty, Karen (March 5, 2009). "The Health-Care Crisis Hits Home". Time. Retrieved 2010-03-22. 
  6. ^ "Stories & Most Recent Appearances by Karen Tumulty | Washington Week". PBS. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  7. ^ "Politics – Apr 09, 2011 – Fox News All-Stars". RealClearPolitics. April 9, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  8. ^ Parker, Kathleen (May 1, 2012). "The unknown celebrity". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 

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