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Karen DeWitt

March 28, 2000

Karen DeWitt, award-winning ABC News journalist, discusses the media in the 21st century, with an address titled "Life.com."

"DeWitt's journalism background in both print - as a New York Times reporter - and in television news - as senior editor at ABCNews.com - combine to make her a wonderful guest to address this topic," says President Gearan.

At ABCNews.com, DeWitt produces Ann Compton's five-day-a-week webcast and does strategic planning to enhance ABC's Washington bureau webcasts, including the Sam Donaldson Show, and the ABC and The New York Times venture, Political Points.

Prior to her current responsibilities, DeWitt was senior editor of ABC "Nightline." And in January 1999, she produced "Found Voices," a broadcast based on the redigitalized interview tapes of ex-slaves made in the 1940s, which won the New York Black Journalists 1st Class Feature Award for 1999. Before entering television, DeWitt was a writer and newspaper correspondent for 20 years, working as a reporter for National Journal; Washington correspondent for The New York Times; and columnist, White House correspondent, foreign correspondent, and assistant national editor of USA Today.

DeWitt has written on a freelance basis for numerous national publications, including National Geographic, Essence, Washingtonian, and Glamour magazines, and has hosted her own cooking show on PBS.

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