Karen Despain - Managing Editor, The Daily Courier
Karen, a third-generation Arizonan, was born and reared in Phoenix. After graduation from high school, she attended the University of Arizona, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism.
Her first job out of college was on the then Prescott Evening Courier, reporting on cops, courts and county government. In the early 1970s, Karen returned to Phoenix and worked for a medical magazine, along with acquiring her teaching credentials.
As good fortune would have it, the Courier had an opening in the late 1980s, Karen applied for it and was soon back on the editorial staff, once again as county government reporter. She moved up to city editor and then managing editor, the position from which she retired in 2005.
When The Daily Courier editorial staff needed some extra help, Karen returned in February 2009 and, as of June 1, 2010, she resumed her duties as managing editor.
Karen's community activities include volunteering for Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity, and serving on the Community Advisory Board to the Yavapai County Juvenile Court Center.
Karen is also a member of the Yavapai County Arizona Centennial Celebration Committee, which plans its own projects for the state's birthday in 2012 and works to encourage and support communities and rural areas around the county as they plan theirs.
Karen has one daughter, Debi, and a granddaughter, Payten.