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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

Ashif Mawji, Rachel Chalmers, and Doug Holt
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Community Safety and Wellness Accelerator names first cohort

Areto Labs and PALcares from Edmonton are among an international group of tech startups in the first cohort of the Community Safety and Wellness Accelerator.

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Anne Stevenson stands at the podium on the day she was sworn in as a city councillor
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Speaking Municipally examines pedway memos and police flash-bangs

Episode 163 of Taproot's civic affairs podcast takes a look at a couple of very specific downtown issues that have wider implications.

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A chart showing the growth of weekly on-demand transit boardings from April 26 to Nov. 22, 2021
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On-demand transit seems to be catching on

An interim review of the bus network redesign shows growing use of on-demand transit since it was introduced last April to mitigate a decrease in regular service to parts of the city.

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Karen Principe takes the oath of office
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Meet the councillors: Karen Principe aims to be a good steward of tax dollars

Karen Principe, the incumbent-beating councillor for Ward tastawiyiniwak, is keen to ensure her community remains "safe and viable and thriving" so her kids will want to stay.

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Snow-clearing equipment on an Edmonton street
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Snow-removal budget needs a permanent upgrade, says Knack

It's time for Edmonton to invest in the equipment and staff needed to clear snow more quickly, Coun. Andrew Knack said on Episode 162 of Speaking Municipally, which he guest-hosted with an assist from Coun. Keren Tang.

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Speaking Municipally cover art -- a smiling turnip in front of City Hall
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Catch up with Speaking Municipally

In case you missed it over the holiday break, our municipal affairs podcast dropped two episodes to inform and delight you heading into 2022.

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The city has released its plan to reduce single-use plastics, a new park is being named after Jan Reimer, and the first 20 tenants are moving into Edmonton's first veterans housing project.

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City seeks input on proposed tax increase; Elks fire top brass after dismal CFL season; council approves funds for anti-racism initiatives

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Edmonton-based soldiers head to B.C. flood zone; homeless shelters and hate crimes discussed at police commission; plans to private bus cleaning cancelled

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