Brian Karem 
White House Reporter/Columnist


Brian J. Karem is an award-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated reporter and author of seven books. 

Karem is the senior White House correspondent for where he is a columnist and regular contributor. He also serves as a regular columnist for The Washington Diplomat and appears frequently on the countries top-rated shows, including “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon” and “Prime Time with Chris Cuomo.” Karem is also a frequent guest on numerous radio shows throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.

His podcast, “Just Ask the Question,” generates high ratings through topical interviews with engaging, knowledgeable guests, including veteran journalist Sam Donaldson, Emmy-nominated comedian and singer Randy Rainbow and Hollywood legend Carl Reiner, among others.

Karem is an accomplished First Amendment activist and has testified before numerous state legislatures as well as Congress in support of free speech and a federal shield law for reporters. He is the founder of the “First Jailbirds Club,'' celebrating the accomplishments of reporters who have gone to jail to protect the First Amendment, and is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Press Club and the White House Press Corps.

In addition, Karem is a recipient of numerous journalism awards, including the prestigious National Press Club Freedom of the Press Award and the Pieringer Award for Valor and Journalistic Excellence. Throughout his career, Karem has served on a number of volunteer boards. Currently, he is president of the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Press Association. 

Karem has spoken, lectured and participated as a panelist at various college and university engagements as well as at many corporate and press events. He served as master of ceremonies for the Rene Moawad Foundation’s annual benefit gala and was a featured speaker at Detroit’s annual Images and Perceptions Diversity Conference. Karem has been the keynote speaker at several conferences, including Big Brothers Big Sisters in Louisville, Ky., and locally has moderated panel debates for candidates running for Congress, county executive and mayor, among others. 

Other Career Highlights: 

  • Nominated as “Journalist of the Year” in 2019 by the Los Angeles Press Club’s SoCal Journalism Awards.

  • Traveled the world covering  breaking news in several conflict zones, international terrorism, natural disasters and other major events as a former producer and television correspondent for “America’s Most Wanted.”

  • Received an Emmy nomination for best investigative work of the chemical compounds in “Dursban,” a formerly widely used pesticide, which resulted in national coverage and a ban on the product. 

  • Served as executive editor of the Sentinel Newspapers for 13 years during which he grew online presence by more than 500 percent. His efforts led to the MDDC’s prestigious “Newspaper of the Year” award for four out of six years.

  • Jailed four times for refusing to divulge a confidential source; his case ultimately went to the Supreme Court. “Karem vs. Priest” is now a textbook case in defending sources.

Listed below are a few links to CNN appearances: ​

SPEECH TOPICS (contact Barry Bookin at for speaking engagements and press interviews)

  • The First Amendment and the battle to maintain its integrity

  • The White House Press Corps. in the age of Trump

  • What’s Really Going on at the Border—my perspective as a local crime reporter on the Tex-Mex border

  • The Best Way to Talk to the Media—friendly suggestions to PR Staff for story placement

  • What’s Wrong—and Right—with the Media Today

  • What’s Going to Happen in 2020—a look at the upcoming presidential campaign

  • The Rise of the “Marginalized Media”—why giving voice to untrained “reporters” via social media and other platforms sets a dangerous precedent 

  • The government’s ongoing battle to destroy independent reporting

  • The danger of corporate media

  • Covering news in conflict zones

  • Covering local, state and national politics

  • How to save local reporting from itself


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