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Karen Tumulty

Karen Tumulty is a columnist for The Washington Post. Her first reported column on national politics published in February. 

She was previously a national political correspondent with the publication. She came to the Post from TIME Magazine, where she was a national political correspondent.  

During her more than 15 years at TIME, Tumulty wrote or co-wrote more than three dozen cover stories, including the iconic “How the Right Went Wrong,” a look at how political conservatives lost their footing (March 2007), which featured a crying Ronald Reagan as its cover image.

As national political correspondent for TIME, Tumulty wrote profiles of presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, as well as numerous stories about the 2008 presidential campaign. She contributed regularly to TIME.com’s political blog, “Swampland,” and 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 Bachelor of Journalism 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.

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