Karen Unland



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

A newspaper clipping of a photo montage of three scenes from a football game under the headline "Jackie Parker Leads Eskimos To Thrilling Win"
history sports

A moment in history: Oct. 25, 1954

On this day 69 years ago, Edmonton's professional football team had notched another win on its way to its first Grey Cup victory.

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A brick warehouse with a neon sign reading "Mercer" below an older painted sign that says "The Mercer Wholesale Ltd."
business downtown

Boyle Street relocation to Work Nicer space seen as mutually beneficial

It may seem odd for a business-oriented coworking space to offer its facilities to a social services agency in need of a new home, but for Work Nicer founder Alex Putici, it was completely aligned with his mission.

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city council downtown

Court case complicates parking-lot permit pickle

As absurd as it might seem that 90% of Edmonton's downtown surface parking lots lack permits, a 2009 court ruling might make it difficult for the city to pursue enforcement.

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Andre Corbould, wearing glasses and a suit, looks down at his notes in city council chambers
city council budget

Edmonton's deficit likely to cause pain, podcast posits

Tax increases or service cuts seem inevitable in light of the $73.8-million deficit the City of Edmonton is projecting by the end of this year, noted the city hall watchers at Speaking Municipally.

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A wrinkled and torn paper McDonald's bag discarded in the street
city council food

Single-use item bylaw is doing its job, podcast suggests

While Edmonton's single-use item bylaw has not been popular, complaints have decreased since it came into force on July 1, and city council should keep the rules in place, say Taproot's city hall watchers at Speaking Municipally.

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The Namayo Avenue High Level Streetcar behind a sign showing its schedule

Coming up this week: Sept. 5-8, 2023

It's a short week, but there's a lot going on, with business-oriented sessions on due diligence, Silicon Valley investment, startup mistakes, and quantum technology, plus a cask party on rails and an art walk.

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Coun. Andrew Knack stands at a podium, his hand raised, as he takes his oath of office
city council election

Changes to election law should be made independently: councillor

Coun. Andrew Knack hopes Premier Danielle Smith's directive to review the law governing local elections will address problems that arose from amendments made in 2020.

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region city council

Municipal Affairs mandate calls for oversight of regional board

Alberta's minister of municipal affairs has been asked to keep tabs on the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board and its Calgary counterpart to "ensure they are serving the needs of their urban and rural residents effectively and fairly without unnecessarily interfering with the autonomy of small and mid-sized municipalities."

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A play structure made of faux logs with stairs, ladders, and a slide, surrounded by pea gravel
history parks

Podcast seeks Edmonton's best playground, past or present

What's your favourite Edmonton playground? Let's Find Out wants your help to answer a listener's question.

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