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Perspectives Series: A Conversation with Karen Tumulty, TIME Magazine

Fri October 9, 2009 at Bass Lecture Hall - See Directions Below

Karen Tumulty

Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for TIME, has written or co-written three dozen cover stories for the magazine and posts several times a day on Her extensive list of TIME cover stories includes the now-iconic “How the Right Went Wrong,” a look at how political conservatives lost their footing, which featured a crying Ronald Reagan as its cover image (March 2007).

Tumulty, who was named national political correspondent in 2001, has also written profiles of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney, as well as dozens of stories about the 2008 presidential campaign from Washington and from the campaign trail. She has also held positions with TIME as congressional correspondent and White House correspondent.

Before joining TIME in 1994, Tumulty spent 14 years at the Los Angeles Times, where she covered a wide variety of beats. During her time there, she reported on Congress, business, energy and economics out of Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C.

In 1982, Tumulty was awarded the Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished business and financial journalism, and, in 1993, she won the National Press Foundation Edwin Hood Award for diplomatic correspondence.

Tumulty is a native of San Antonio, Texas, where she began her career at the now-defunct San Antonio Light .

Tumulty holds a B.S. from the University of Texas-Austin and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She is married to Paul Richter, who covers the State Department for the Los Angeles Times. They have two sons, Nicholas and Jack.

Bass Lecture Hall Directions

This auditorium is located in the basement level of Sid Richardson Hall (The LBJ School of Public Affairs) on the main campus of The University of Texas at Austin. The building is located on Red River, near the 26th Street.

From I-35 Parking Lots
Follow the breezeway between Sid Richardson Hall unit 1 and 2 to the main campus side of the building. Proceed down the stairs past the Lady Bird Fountain to glass doors.  Enter the lobby and Bass Auditorium is up the stairs to the right.  

From The University of Texas Campus
Follow the walkway around Lady Bird Fountain and proceed to the glass doors in the LBJ building. Enter the lobby and Bass Auditorium is up the stairs to the right. 

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