News Literacy Project welcomes two exceptional board members


David M. Marchick, a managing director of The Carlyle Group, and Karen Wickre, a digital media pioneer who held senior communications positions at Twitter and Google for nearly 15 years, have joined the News Literacy Project board.

“Dave and Karen bring exceptional experience to NLP at an important time in our development,” said board chairman Don Baer. “They will make a strong and engaged board even better.” Marchick joined in June; Wickre did so earlier this month.

Marchick is also global head of external affairs at The Carlyle Group, where he serves on the management committee. A former partner at the Washington law firm Covington & Burling, he served in several positions during President Bill Clinton’s administration, including as deputy assistant secretary of state.

He is chairman of the board of the Robert Toigo Foundation, which supports diversity in the financial services industry.

“I am pleased to join the NLP board and support the organization’s mission and [NLP president and founder] Alan Miller’s vision,” Marchick said. “Helping young people become interested in news and savvy consumers of it is a worthy and important objective, and I look forward to helping advance NLP’s work.”

Wickre describes herself as a “communications strategist, sounding board, channeler of ideas and connector of people.” She formed KVOX Media, a communications consulting firm catering to business clients, in early 2016.

As editorial director at Twitter for more than four years, she oversaw internal and corporate marketing communications and managed more than 20 global blogs, 200 Twitter accounts and other public content channels and sites. She joined Twitter in 2011 from Google, where for nearly a decade she was senior media liaison and worked on global communications and public affairs. Earlier in her career Wickre worked at Studio Archetype, Upside and Ziff Davis.

“There’s never been a greater need to separate fact from fiction, especially for the generation coming up,” Wickre said. “I’m very pleased to join the board of NLP, whose mission of empowerment and education could not be more important today.”

Wickre is one of the founders of Newsgeist, an annual “un-conference,” supported by Google and the Knight Foundation, that encourages new approaches to the delivery of news and information. She is also a board member of the International Center for Journalists.

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