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Karen Kemp

Assistant Dean for Communications & Marketing, Communications, Central Administration Office


Central Administration Office, Communications


Karen Kemp, M.A., joined the Sanford School of Public Policy in January 2004. She led the school's rebranding from Institute to School and directs the school's strategic communications, media relations, website administration and content management, publications, social media, endowed lectures and special events. She is a co-producer of the award-winning "Ways & Means" podcast. Before coming to Duke, she led communications at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, N.C., and was part of the team that opened the new museum building in 2000.

Previously, Kemp was a newspaper reporter and editor in three states. She also was reporter in Washington, D.C., covering regulatory agencies such as FDA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. She earned her master's degree at the UNC-Chapel Hill Hussman School of Journalism and Media, where her research focused on environmental journalism. She earned a BA in mass communications and journalism from the University of South Florida. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her family and her dogs, and volunteers with the Duke Forest Citizen Science program.