Journalism Faculty

Karen Bordeleau

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Karen Bordeleau

Affiliated Faculty (2000)

B.A. Northeastern University
M.A. University of Rhode Island

Karen Bordeleau is the acting executive editor of The Providence Journal /, where she supervises news, sports and features operations on all print and digital platforms.

Bordeleau joined The Journal in 1996 and has worked as a reporter, copyeditor, section editor, assistant city editor, assistant managing editor and managing editor for both the newspaper and its online component, 

Bordeleau has spearheaded many newsroom projects at The Journal including:

  • Implementation of CCI, an editing and design system;
  • Implementation of an online calendar;
  • Development of content strategies to serve women and other essential audiences;
  • Reorganization of the newsroom staff into five topical teams;
  • Resectioning and redesign of the newspaper;
  • Redesign of the paper's eight Features sections;
  • Development of the newsroom's audience engagement strategy including Publick Occurrences forums, One Day University/Providence and TV partnerships;
  • Development of the newsroom's social media strategies.

Bordeleau has also served as the editor of The Kent County Daily Times in West Warwick, R.I., and The Call in Woonsocket, R.I.  She has also worked as an adjunct professor of journalism at several colleges including the University of Rhode Island, Northeastern University and Bryant University. Bordeleau has taught numerous reporting, writing, journalism ethics and editing/design courses. She has also used the classroom as a platform to encourage journalism students to push for access to public records and meetings.

Bordeleau was a 2011 fellow at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism's Sulzberger Leadership Program and a 2012 member of the A.H. Belo Executive Leadership Development Program. She is past president of both the New England Associated Press News Executives Association and the New England Society of Newspaper Editors and is on the board of the Rhode Island Press Association and the New England First Amendment Coalition. She was named The Providence Journal Desk Editor of the Year in 2000.