Karen Rundlet joined Knight Foundation in November 2015.

She is a director in the Journalism Program. Rundlet works to identify methods, models, programs and projects that will lead to a financially sustainable future for local news, as well as prepare leaders who will manage, partner and serve diverse, digital teams and audiences. Her portfolio includes grantees such as City Bureau, NewsMatch, Sahan Journal, and Solutions Journalism Network. 

Before entering the field of philanthropy, Rundlet worked as a journalist/manager at the Miami Herald, where she built the newsroom’s first-ever video studio and led initiatives to make video integral to the MiamiHerald.com audience experience. 

She also produced business reports for various public radio newsrooms, including WLRN/Miami Herald News and American Public Media’s “Marketplace.” 

Rundlet spent the first part of her career working as a television news producer in Miami, Atlanta and New York City. 

She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Georgetown University and was a Maynard Institute fellow. 

Most recently, she served on the board of the Lyric Theater in Overtown and is currently an Ambassador for Black Art at the Perez Art Museum Miami.