Karen Witter

Community Advisory Board, Chair


Freelance writer. Retired from the State of Illinois

NPR Illinois Community Advisory Board
July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018 - First Term
July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2021 - Eligible Second Term

WUIS Campus & Community Council
July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2015 - First Term

Karen Witter is a freelance writer and active community volunteer. She worked in Illinois state government for 35 years. Positions included Associate Director of the Illinois State Museum, director of the Illinois Department of Energy and Natural Resources,  natural resources policy advisor to Governor James Thompson, and director of the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission.


The NPR Illinois Community Advisory Board (CAB) met in Chicago and connected by videoconference to Springfield. The primary purposes of the meeting were to welcome new advisory board members who begin their new terms on July 1, 2018 and to provide input about whether NPR Illinois’ programming and policies meet the specialized educational and cultural needs of the community it serves.