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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

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Bigger Edmonton contingent joins Plug and Play Alberta's second batch

Six Edmonton-area companies and another with Edmonton roots have been accepted into the second cohort of Plug and Play Alberta's accelerator.

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Cover art for Speaking Municipally, featuring a cartoon turnip in front of Edmonton's City Hall
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Speaking Municipally considers proposed bike lane expansion

Episode 192 of Taproot's civic affairs podcast takes a look at urban planning committee's decision to consider a couple of options for rapidly expanding Edmonton's bike lane network.

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A garden in the shape of a medicine wheel, divided in four quadrants
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How the Edmonton region is marking the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a reminder to honour the children who did not return home from residential schools, as well as an invitation to reflect on the ongoing impact of attempts at cultural genocide on Indigenous people in Canada. Here's a look at some events planned for Sept. 30 in the Edmonton region.

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Warm introduction helps ultra-low cooling business grow

Episode 31 of Bloom features an interview with two leaders from Zero Point Cryogenics, an Edmonton-based company that is the only Canadian manufacturer of dilution refrigerators, a key piece of equipment for quantum research.

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Shared recreation centre marks 20th anniversary

The TransAlta Tri Leisure Centre celebrates its 20th anniversary on Oct. 1 with high hopes of continuing to recover from the pandemic, helped in part by an increase in funding from the three municipalities that support it.

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Two Edmonton-based AI companies rank high for revenue growth

An annual list of Canada's top growing companies includes 11 Edmonton-area companies, led by two working in artificial intelligence.

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Edmonton police stats show increase in use of force

Members of the Edmonton Police Service used force in the first half of this year 7% more often than they did during the same period last year, continuing an upward trend that dates back to at least 2018.

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Christopher Cassin and John P. Davis smile beside a furnace-sized box attached to a stand with pipes feeding into a cylinder
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Zero Point Cryogenics closes deal involving National Research Council

Zero Point Cryogenics has been awarded a contract to build an ultra-low temperature dilution refrigerator — a piece of equipment that enables researchers to explore the possibilities of quantum technology — for testing by the National Research Council of Canada.

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What it's like to pitch investors on TV

Episode 30 of Bloom features an interview with the founders of Umay, who pitched their Rest tool on Dragons' Den and came away with an offer.

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