Rob Karwath is general manager and news adviser of the University Daily Kansan, the independent, student-run voice of the University of Kansas community since 1904. He also is an instructor at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Before coming to KU, Karwath was a reporter, editor and media business executive. He also founded and served as CEO of North Coast Communications, a Minnesota-based strategic communications firm with clients nationwide.
Karwath began his career as a reporter at the Chicago Tribune and rose through the ranks to become business editor, political editor, Sunday editor, general manager, product development director and innovation editor. As business editor, he led a team of reporters whose series on the downfall of the Arthur Andersen accounting firm was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Karwath also was executive editor of the Duluth News Tribune and a leader of the team that directed business of Knight Ridder Inc.’s six regional newspapers and magazines. He helped start the news operation of partner television station KQDS-TV and anchored a portion of the station’s nightly broadcast.
Karwath holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with honors in Journalism from the University of Kansas and an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.