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Karen Tumulty (born 1955) is the Time Magazine National Political Correspondent based in Washington D.C., where she covers national political developments for the magazine.

Tumulty graduated from David Crockett High School in Austin, Texas in May 1973. She later graduated in 1977 from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Journalism with high honors; she is an alumna of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority. She received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1981.

Tumulty is a native of San Antonio, Texas, where she began her career at the now-defunct San Antonio Light. Tumulty spent 14 years with the Los Angeles Times, covering Congress, economics, business, energy, and general-assignment beats. While at the Times, she won the Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished business and financial journalism in 1982 and the National Press Foundation's Edwin Hood Award for diplomatic correspondence in 1993.

Tumulty joined Time in 1994. She covered Congress for two years, during which time she reported and wrote the magazine's 1995 "Man of the Year" profile of Newt Gingrich. In 1996, she became a White House Correspondent, writing major stories on President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton. She became the National Political Correspondent in 2001.

Tumulty is married to Paul Richter, who covers the State Department for the Los Angeles Times. They have two sons, Nicholas and Jack. They live in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

In the 2008 Presidential campaign, Tumulty accused the campaign of Senator John McCain of "playing the race card" for a television ad criticizing the connections between Senator Barack Obama and Franklin Raines, the former CEO of Fannie Mae. Tumulty claimed that the ad displayed "sinister images of two black men, followed by one of a vulnerable-looking elderly white woman".[1] The McCain campaign pointed out that they had also produced an ad criticizing the connections of Barack Obama to Jim Johnson, another former Fannie Mae CEO who is white. According to the McCain campaign, Tumulty did not correct her post, but responded with "I grew up in Texas. I know what this stuff looks like". The McCain campaign has accused Tumulty of "hysterical liberal bias".[2]

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