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Karen Elliott House

Karen Elliot House

Born December 7, 1947, the daughter of a blacksmith in Matador, Texas, House is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and former publisher of The Wall Street Journal and President of Dow Jones International. She was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in international reporting in 1984 for a series of interviews with Jordan's King Hussein covering the Middle East. In 2002 House was appointed publisher of the Wall Street Journal. She is a board member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and Boston University.

Elliott House retired in 2006 as publisher of The Wall Street Journal, senior vice president of Dow Jones & Company, and a member of the company’s executive committee. She is a broadly experienced business executive with particular expertise and experience in international affairs stemming from a distinguished career as a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and editor.

She is author of On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines—and Future, published in September 2012 by Knopf.  On Saudi Arabia is a portrait of Saudi society and culture and examines the fragility of the ruling regime and represents three decades of reporting in this shrouded kingdom.

During a 32-year career with Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal, Elliott House also served as foreign editor, diplomatic correspondent, and energy correspondent based in Washington D.C. Her journalism awards include a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for coverage of the Middle East , two Overseas Press Club awards for coverage of the Middle East and of Islam and the Edwin M. Hood award for Excellence in Diplomatic Reporting for a series on Saudi Arabia.

She has served and continues to serve on multiple non-profit boards including the Rand Corp., where she is chairman of the board, the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Asia Society, the German-American Council, and Boston University. She also is a member of the advisory board of the College of Communication at the University of Texas. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where in 1996 she was the recipient of the University’s “Distinguished Alumnus” award. She studied and taught at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics and she holds honorary degrees from Pepperdine University (2013), Boston University (2003) and Lafayette College (1992). She also is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Today, Karen Elliott House is a senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

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