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Karen W. Arenson ’70

Alumni Association President 1995 - 1996

MIT Corporation member 1989 - 1994, 1995 - 1996 (ex officio)

 

Alumni Association President 1995 - 1996

MIT Corporation member 1989 - 1994, 1995 - 1996 (ex officio)

 

Karen W. Arenson ’70
Alumni Association President 1995 – 1996
MIT Corporation member 1989 – 1994, 1995 – 1996 (ex officio)
Member, Executive Committee of the MIT Corporation 1992 – 1994

After majoring in economics at MIT, where she was managing editor of The Tech, and earning a Master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Ms. Arenson covered business and finance for Business Week and later forThe New York Times, where she was also editor of the Sunday Business section and acting editor of the business section. She later returned to reporting and became a nationally recognized education reporter at The Times. She has served as president of the Alumni Association and as a member of the MIT Corporation and its executive committee.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Experiences with sexism while seeking work in the male-dominated field of journalism.
  • Transitioning from reporting on economics to education.
  • SATs, university endowments, diversity, and other investigations of educational institutions in New York City, New York State, and surrounding areas.
  • Ways that in-depth reporting helps shape public policy.
  • Commitment to giving back to MIT.

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