What to say about Karl Gude? There is so much that could be said. Karl has been creating news graphics since the late 70s and is one of the few visual journalists who has worked for newspapers, news magazines and wire services. Until recently, he was the Director of Information Graphics at Newsweek magazine for over a decade. He’s also held this position at The Associated Press and United Press International wire services. In addition, he also directed the graphics departments at two large daily newspapers, the New York Daily News and the short-lived National Sports Daily.

During his more than a quarter of a century in news, Karl has covered seven presidential elections, a slew of wars, terrorist attacks and natural disasters, and countless medical and science discoveries. Karl diagrammed what caused Mt. St. Helens to explode, how John Lennon and the Pope were shot and how the planes hit the World Trade Center. He mapped the route of British troops through the Falkland Islands and the progress of U.S. soldiers as they headed toward Baghdad. He charted the ups and downs of the U.S. economy and used statistics to illustrate how Enron executives lied to their stockholders.

His next major endeavor is to create an information graphics program at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. As you might be able to tell, Karl never sits still. He’s always got 100+ projects going at anyone time.  He’s an often requested speaker in corporations, newspapers, and public events including several appearances at a variety of TEDx events.

We’re so excited that he’s coming, and can’t wait to see what he does this time!

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