Karen Blumenthal

Karen Blumenthal

Formal First Name
3/18/1959 - 5/18/2020

Karen Blumenthal was a financial journalist who has been highly regarded in the field for more than 25 years. During her career in The Wall Street Journal, she covered retailing, oil and gas, housing, mergers, and bankruptcies. She also served as the Chief of the Dallas bureau for eight years, supervising a dozen reporters covering an eight-state territory. Blumenthal wrote three financial books for adults and nine nonfiction books for young people. She has been awarded several awards in recognition of her outstanding contributions to library and literacy in North Texas.


  • Blumenthal started her journalism career at Hillcrest High School, where she was editor of the student newspaper and the yearbook and valedictorian in 1977. 
  • She joined Duke University to pursue her interest in business and became the editor of The Chronicle.
  • She worked at The Dallas Morning News as an intern and staff writer and returned in 1992 as a business editor.
  • She spent 25 years with the Wall Street Journal as a writer, editor, and columnist
  • Her work helped earn The Wall Street Journal a Pulitzer Prize for its breaking news coverage of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
  • She left WSJ at the end of 2006 but continued to do work for the paper, including writing a regular personal finance column from 2008 to 2013.


  • Blumenthal has appeared in various publications as an author and reporter, including CNN, ABC World News Tonight, and the PBS Nightly Business Report.


  • 2020 James Madison Award from the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas
  • 2021 May Dickson Exall Award from the Friends of the Dallas Public Library