Karen Talley has been a journalist for virtually all of her career, covering business subjects for most of that time. She was at Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal for 13 years, first covering the stock market, including writing the paper’s daily Abreast of the Market stock column. She also covered the stock movements of public companies and wrote market trend pieces. She moved to the retail beat, writing about the ups and mostly downs of companies like Walmart, Target, Macy’s and Nordstrom.
Before that, she spent nine years at American Banker covering big banks as they were just getting into selling investments like mutual funds and annuities. She also covered bank stocks.
She was editor of the Port Washington News when it was named best general interest weekly in the New York area by the Society of Professional Journalists.
She also covered commercial and residential construction at the Orlando Sentinel and was an investigative journalist for columnist Jack Anderson in Washington, D.C.