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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

Cover art for Speaking Municipally, featuring a cartoon turnip in front of Edmonton's City Hall
Brief

City considers small-scale encampments after earlier rejection

On Episode 184 of Speaking Municipally, Troy Pavlek and Mack Male take a look at the city's possible change of heart on letting houseless people live in encampments.

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Taproot Edmonton's Bloom podcast, brought to you by Innovate Edmonton
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Bloom: Flying Fish throws a line into Edmonton's waters

In Episode 19 of Bloom, Tiffany Linke-Boyko explains what kind of investment opportunities she's looking for as the recently hired principal for Canada with Flying Fish Partners.

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Cover art for The Rad Dads Show, featuring the title flanked by hearts and thunderbolts, above the words "Radio Free Edmonton"
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Podcast pick: The Rad Dads Show

Sure, Father's Day is over, but dads are worth listening to more than once a year, no? To help you out on that front, consider The Rad Dads Show, a parenting podcast with a punk rock edge that has been talking to inspiring fathers since 2018.

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The view of 102 Avenue looking east from 102 Street, which currently has an under-construction LRT track, one lane of road, a bike lane, and sidewalks on each side
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Idea to turn 102 Avenue over to pedestrians has long pedigree

Making 102 Avenue a pedestrian corridor, which city council narrowly voted to do last week amid significant opposition, is not a new idea — city planners saw the potential at least as far back as 1988.

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Nanostics chief commercialization officer Colin Coros holds a giant cheque at Inventures
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Nanostics wins Inventures pitch competition for 'game-changing health'

Nanostics, the precision-health company that develops and commercializes non-invasive diagnostic tests, won the pitch competition in the "Game-changing Health" stream at Inventures in Calgary on June 3, bringing home a cheque for $10,000.

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Taproot Edmonton's Bloom podcast, brought to you by Innovate Edmonton
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Bloom: Sending robots where humans fear to tread

In Episode 18 of Bloom, Karen Unland shares an interview with Nicolas Olmedo, CTO of Copperstone Technologies, which offers "robots as a service" to help companies monitor hazardous sites.

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A table showing the cost of select problem properties and a pie chart illustrating how that cost is shared by stakeholders (76% by the neighbourhood, 22% by the city, 2% by AHS)
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A look at the data behind decisions to deal with problem properties

Now that Edmonton's Community Property Safety Team has started to board up problem properties, it's worth taking a look at some of the data underpinning the decisions leading up to this action.

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A woman wearing a T-shirt that reads "I (heart) YEG Chinatown" behind a crowd on a tour
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Chinatown 'like a wound that we all have,' says advocate

A mother is only as happy as her saddest child, says Hon Leong of the Chinatown Transformation Collaborative (CTC). If Edmonton is the mother, Chinatown is that unhappiest child.

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Taproot Edmonton's Bloom podcast, brought to you by Innovate Edmonton
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Bloom: In-real-life adventures at Inventures

In Episode 17 of Bloom, Faaiza Ramji tells her new co-host, Karen Unland, about her experience at Inventures, the Alberta Innovates conference that took place in Calgary from June 1 to 3.

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