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Karen DeYoung

Karen DeYoung
Born Florida
Occupation Pulitzer Prize winning editor
Nationality American
Spouse Henry Champ

Karen DeYoung is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, and is the associate editor for The Washington Post.

DeYoung was born in Florida and she grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. She received Bachelor degrees in journalism and communications from the University of Florida.

After graduation, DeYoung worked as a non-staff stringer in West Africa. In 1975 she joined the Post. From 1977 through 1988, she worked for the foreign news operation, as bureau chief for Latin America, foreign editor, and bureau chief in London. In 1989, DeYoung was promoted to the position of national editor. From 2001 to 2003 she covered U.S. foreign policy for the Post. In the days before the documents alleging an attempted uranium purchase, but The Post did not publish the story until March 22, 2003, after the invasion had begun. Speaking about The Post's pre-war coverage, DeYoung was quoted as saying, "We are inevitably the mouthpiece for whatever administration is in power.“[1][2]

She is the author of the biography "Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell," having been given six in-depth and on-the-record interviews by the book's subject.[3]

DeYoung was married to the late Henry Champ, a Canadian journalist based in Washington DC.


  • Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell. Vintage. 2007.  


  1. ^ Mitchell, Greg (March 7, 2013). "Bob Woodward's Biggest Failure: Iraq".  
  2. ^ Kurtz, Howard (August 12, 2004). "The Post on WMDs: An Inside Story". Washington Post. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ Kakutani, Michiko (October 10, 2006). "Tracing Colin Powell’s Journey, Both in and Out of Step With Those Around Him". New York Times. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 

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