Kristin Clark Taylor '74

Juliette Olejnik
Kristin Clark Taylor '74 is an accomplished author, editor, journalist, and communications strategist. Her first four books were published by Random House/Doubleday and Penguin/Berkley. She has ghostwritten and edited many books in a variety of genres. In the political world, she served as White House Director of Media Relations under President George H.W. Bush, the first black woman in history to have held the post. Of Bush, Kristin says, "I still miss my friend dearly, I still grieve his loss, but I find comfort in the fact that he still feels very present in my life."

Taylor, a member of the original creation and launch team of USA Today, has recently returned to the newspaper as a member of USAT's Board of Contributors, where she is an opinion columnist. "I started out with the newspaper as a young journalist, before the newspaper even began publishing, and to be back today as a not-so-young journalist and contributing columnist is a wonderful, full-circle sensation."

Kristin's work has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The Chicago Tribune, The Detroit Free Press, and many other national publications. She also serves as a communications consultant to corporations large and small: "Everything I learned at Roeper prepared me to fully embrace everything in my life today. From an itty-bitty little girl, Roeper gave me the space, the freedom, and the confidence to find myself, to be myself, and to help others in any way I can. This is my foundation."

Kristin would LOVE to hear from her fellow Roeperians. She can be reached at

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