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Karen Unland

Editor-in-Chief

She/Her

Karen is the co-founder of Taproot Publishing Inc. and the Alberta Podcast Network. She previously worked as a reporter and editor for 14 years at the Edmonton Journal before leaving the newsroom in 2011 to start a consulting business and teach journalism.

Karen has a Masters in Journalism from Carleton University and attended the beat business training program at CUNY's Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism in the summer of 2015.


Recent work by Karen

People socializing in the co-working space at Amii during an event
News

Commercializing AI about more than tech transfer, Amii execs say

Canada was the first country in the world to have an AI strategy, and Edmonton has been central to it through the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii). But some critics say the strategy has focused too much on research and not enough on commercialization.

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Four smiling members of the DishZero team stand with their arms around each other
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Reusable container service launches at UAlberta

As pressure rises on restaurants to decrease their use of single-use items, a group of current and former students at the University of Alberta has come up with a way to make it easy — and free — to offer reusable containers for takeout.

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An off-leash dog on a trail surrounded by trees
Brief

Speaking Municipally doesn't get ruff on pop-up dog parks

The city's proposal to create up to 30 pop-up off-leash dog parks earned an endorsement from noted cat-lover Troy Pavlek in Episode 205 of Speaking Municipally.

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A series of data visualizations overlaid on a map of the Edmonton region, with boxes forecasting hydrogen demand
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RUNWITHIT Synthetics forecasts hydrogen's effect on Edmonton region

As hydrogen becomes an increasingly important part of the Edmonton region's economy and its net-zero ambitions, RUNWITHIT Synthetics (RWI) has created a way for stakeholders to envision the implications of such development.

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An abstract image evoking the brass, mirrors, and water features of West Edmonton Mall
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Gallery invites artists and visitors to explore the meaning of WEM

THE MALL, an exhibit co-curated by Hannah Quimper-Swiderski and Carolyn Jervis, "explores what continues to inspire artists to make work about the former largest mall in the world." The exhibit opens this week at Mitchell Art Gallery at MacEwan University.

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Cover art for Taproot Edmonton's Bloom, brought to you by Edmonton Unlimited
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Synthetic futures and adventures in mentorship

What if you could experience the future before it happens? That's the premise of RUNWITHIT Synthetics, an augmented intelligence company that is finding opportunities around the world to equip leaders with the ability to visualize the implications of their decisions.

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Connector finds myriad ways to boost innovation

In Episode 44 of Taproot's podcast about innovation in Edmonton, Technology Alberta president Gail Powley discusses the power of attention and connection when it comes to nurturing innovation.

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A map showing 13 proposed bus routes connecting Edmonton to seven municipalities and the airport
News

A requiem for regional transit: What happened and what's next

Two years after the birth of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Transit Commission (EMTSC), the CEO is now planning its funeral. A plan to deal with obligations and dissolve the commission is to be presented at the Jan. 19 EMTSC board meeting.

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Anne Stevenson, Ashley Salvador, and Michael Janz seated in front of laptops and microphones playing the quiz game
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Three city councillors find themselves in Jeopardy

Test your knowledge of Edmonton trivia alongside Coun. Michael Janz of papastew, Coun. Ashley Salvador of Métis, and Coun. Anne Stevenson of O-day'min in Speaking Municipally's annual Jeopardy episode.

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