Karen Tumulty

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Karen Tumulty
Born (1955-12-01) December 1, 1955 (age 63)[1]
OccupationPolitical correspondent
Notable credit(s)
The Washington Post, Time
Spouse(s)Paul Richter

Karen Tumulty (born December 1, 1955) is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post.[2] 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.[3]


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 wrote for The Daily Texan student newspaper,[4] she received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1981.[5] Tumulty is married to Paul Richter and has two sons, Nicholas and Jack,[6] she is Catholic.[7]


Tumulty began her career in 1977 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 for Large Newspapers,[8] and the National Press Foundation's Edwin Hood Award for diplomatic correspondence in 1993.[5]

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.[5] In 1996, she became a White House Correspondent, writing major stories on President Bill Clinton and Hillary 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 wrote that the ad displayed "sinister images of two black men, followed by one of a vulnerable-looking elderly white woman."[9] 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 accused Tumulty of "hysterical liberal bias."[10]

In 2010, Tumulty joined The Washington Post, where she received the 2013 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting.[6]

Tumulty's coverage of health care reform issues has been informed by her personal experience with her brother Patrick's health problems.[11][12]

Besides her work in print journalism, she has appeared as a television/webcasting news analyst on the public affairs programs Washington Week on PBS,[13] PBS NewsHour,[14] and Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News (as part of the 'All-Star Panel').[15]

Admiral William H. McRaven, her fifth grade classmate and commander of USSOCOM, was her guest at the 2012 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.[16] 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, Karen [@@ktumulty] (December 1, 2013). "Thanks, tweeps, for all the lovely birthday..." (Tweet). Retrieved November 22, 2015 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Calderone, Michael (March 30, 2010). "Time's Tumulty joins WaPo". Politico.
  3. ^ Tumulty, Karen (April 9, 2010). "A Personal Note About TIME". Time.
  4. ^ Hardy, Michael (January 2011). "Editor with an Edge". The Alcalde: 65.
  5. ^ a b c Emmons, Garry (February 1, 2002). "History's First Draft: Karen Tumulty Reports on America". Harvard Business School Bulletin. p. 10.
  6. ^ a b "Karen Tumulty". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  7. ^ Tumulty, Karen (2018-08-19). "Opinion | Why am I still a Catholic?". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  8. ^ "Loeb Award winners 1958–1996". Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  9. ^ Tumulty, Karen (September 18, 2008). "McCain Plays the Race Card". Time. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
  10. ^ "No Time for the Facts". johnmccain.com. September 19, 2008. Archived from the original on September 21, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
  11. ^ Cohen, Elizabeth S. (2010). The Empowered Patient: How to Get the Right Diagnosis, Buy the Cheapest Drugs, Beat Your Insurance Company, and Get the Best Medical Care Every Time (Unabridged ed.). New York: Random House. p. 112. ISBN 0-345-52311-3.
  12. ^ Tumulty, Karen (March 5, 2009). "The Health-Care Crisis Hits Home". Time. Retrieved 2010-03-22.
  13. ^ "Stories & Most Recent Appearances by Karen Tumulty | Washington Week". PBS. Retrieved 2011-08-21.
  14. ^ "GOP contenders fight to stand out to New Hampshire voters". PBS NewsHour. April 20, 2015.
  15. ^ "Politics – Apr 09, 2011 – Fox News All-Stars". RealClearPolitics. April 9, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-21.
  16. ^ Parker, Kathleen (May 1, 2012). "The unknown celebrity". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-05-03.

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