Technology and editorial veteran Karen Wickre joins JSK Board of Visitors

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Karen Wickre

The John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford today announced the appointment of veteran technology professional and editorial strategist Karen Wickre to its Board of Visitors.

Wickre was appointed by Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne. The JSK Board of Visitors sets policy and provides strategic guidance for the JSK Fellowships. In collaboration with the program’s directors, the board works to extend the reach of the fellowship at Stanford and in the worlds of journalism, innovation and technology. The board reports to Tessier-Lavigne.

“Karen brings deep experience in technology to our board, including the almost 15 years she spent in editorial roles at Google and Twitter,” said Dawn Garcia, director of the JSK Fellowships. “Her insights will complement the perspectives of our other members and help guide JSK as we support the journalism innovators and leaders of tomorrow.”

Other members of the board include Krishna Bharat, founder of Google News; James T. Hamilton, director of the Stanford Journalism Program; Margaret Neale, the Adams Distinguished Professor of Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; Latoya Peterson, deputy editor of innovation for ESPN’s The Undefeated; Jason Seiken, chairman of the JSK Board of Visitors and CEO of QCatalyst; and Kinsey Wilson, who advises the president and CEO of The New York Times.  

Wickre is the former editorial director of Twitter and served as the senior media liaison for Google’s global corporate communications team. In 2016, Wickre founded KVOX Media to help business clients with their communications strategy. She is a co-founder of Newsgeist, an annual unconference that fosters new approaches to news and information. An established writer, she has been a featured columnist for, and is currently writing a book on personal networking for Touchstone Books (Simon & Schuster). She also serves on the boards of the International Center for Journalists, the News Literacy Project and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She earned a Master of Arts from The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts from Wittenberg University.

“I’m truly honored to join the Board of Visitors for the JSK Fellowships at Stanford,” Wickre said. “There’s never been a more challenging time for journalists and journalism, and I look forward to being in the mix as JSK Fellows explore new ways to gather and produce useful news and information.”