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Karen Kemp

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


Central Administration Office, Communications


Karen Kemp joined the Sanford School of Public Policy in January 2004. She directs the school's strategic communications, media relations, website administration and content management, publications, social media, endowed lectures and special events. Before coming to Duke, she worked at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, N.C., first as a public relations specialist, then as communications director, where she 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 for medical and legal audiences. She earned a maser's degree in journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill, where her research focused on environmental journalism. She earned a BA in mass communications and journalism from the University of South Florida. A native of Miami, Fla., Kemp has called Durham home since 1993.