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Karen Elliott House

Karen Elliott House
House with Vladimir Putin in 2002.
Born circa 1950
Matador, Texas
Education University of Texas at Austin
Occupation Journalist
Spouse(s) Peter R. Kann

Karen Elliott House (born ~1950) is an American journalist and former managing editor at The Wall Street Journal and its parent company Dow Jones. She served as President of Dow Jones International and then publisher of the Wall Street Journal before her retirement in the spring of 2006.


  • Biography 1
    • Early life 1.1
    • Career 1.2
  • Books 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Early life

A native of Matador, Texas, House received a bachelors in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was editor of the university's newspaper, The Daily Texan. She was also a member of Orange Jackets, an honorary organization for women at UT.


She joined the Journal as a reporter in 1974. She was named assistant foreign editor in 1983; foreign editor in 1984; vice-president of the Dow Jones International Group; and president of the International Group in 1995. In 1984, House was awarded a

  • Journalist's website

External links

  1. ^ The Bob Considine Award 1983
  2. ^ The Bob Considine Award 1987
  3. ^ a b "[Bio]" (PDF). Dallas Chamber. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Litterick, David (5 January 2006). "Golden couple's reign ends but speculation will go on". The Telegraph. 
  5. ^ Illustrious Friends Remember John R. Silber| By Eric Goldscheider| Alcalde | November 30, 2012
  6. ^ RAND Corporation Board of Trustees| RAND Corporation| List updated July 2013



She is a board member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and Boston University, where she befriended the university's late president and chancellor John Silber. At his memorial service on November 29, 2012, she recalled how he was fired as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Texas in 1970 while she was writing about him as a beginning reporter.[5] She is serving as the Chairman on the board of trustees for RAND Corporation since 2009.[6] She is married and is the mother of four children ages 17 to 39.[3]

In 2002, she was appointed publisher by the board of Dow Jones. As publisher she was the architect of the Journal's Weekend Edition, among other ambitious and often controversial projects. At the Journal, House worked under her husband, Peter R. Kann,[4] Dow Jones CEO and chairman of the board from 1992 until 2006. In February 2007, House wrote a series of articles for the WSJ following a month-long tour of Saudi Arabia.


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