Karin Ronnow, joined Central Asia Institute as communications director in May 2011, after nearly 25 years as a newspaper journalist. Since 2007, she has made 11 trips to Pakistan and Afghanistan and, more recently, Tajikistan, to document CAI’s work in those countries.
She earned her undergraduate degree in urban studies and journalism from Macalester College in Minnesota and master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Illinois. Prior to joining CAI, she was a reporter for daily newspapers in Maine and Georgia, a U.S.-based reporter for Lafferty Publications in Dublin, Ireland, managing editor at the Livingston (Mont.) Enterprise, and assistant managing editor of the Bozeman (Mont.) Daily Chronicle. Her 2007 stories on CAI’s work in Afghanistan and Pakistan were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and she has received numerous awards for her reporting, writing and editing.
She lives in Montana with her husband, Kimball Leighton, and their two dogs, Darwin and Beatle. Their daughter, Carmine, lives in Missoula.