Karen Bordeleau

Deputy Executive Editor
The Providence Journal


Karen Bordeleau was named deputy executive editor of The Providence Journal in May 2010. Bordeleau joined the staff of The Journal in 1996 and has worked as a reporter, copyeditor, section editor, assistant city editor and assistant managing editor for both the newspaper and its online component, projo.com. From December 2008 until May 2010, she served as managing editor for administration, where she oversaw the production of the newspaper and the copy desks.

During her tenure at The Journal, Bordeleau has led many newsroom initiatives:

• Development and redesign of eight features sections to better serve women and other essential audiences (2010)

• Reorganization of the reporting staff into five content-competent teams (2009)

• Resectioning of the newspaper to leverage local content (2009)

• Redesign of the newspaper for easier navigation and consistency (2009) • Implementation of Projothebeat, an online events calendar (2008)

• Implementation of CCI, an editing and design system (2006- 2007)

Bordeleau has edited numerous award-winning stories including a Pulitzer finalist “Forged by Fire” series on the Station fire. She was named The Providence Journal Desk Editor of the Year in 2000.

Bordeleau is an adjunct journalism professor at Emerson College, in Boston, and the University of Rhode Island, and has been on the adjunct faculties of Northeastern University and Bryant University.

Bordeleau was also editor of The Kent County Daily Times and The Call. She is past president of the New England Associated Press News Executives Association and the New England Society of Newspaper Editors. As a member of NESNE, she organized three foreign exchanges with Russian and Iranian journalists. She is a board member of the Rhode Island Press Association.

Bordeleau holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in political science with highest distinction from the University of Rhode Island.