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Karl Idsvoog

School of Media and Journalism
Associate Professor
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Room 101F Franklin Hall
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Karl Idsvoog spent a career as an investigative reporter/manager in broadcast and online news in Madison, Salt Lake City, Cincinnati, Washington, D.C. and New York. When in New York went bankrupt, he moved into media development, training and education.

He's done training and media development projects for the U.S. Department of State, the International Center for Journalists, Internews, IREX and Radio Free Asia. He's trained journalists in the Republic of Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Myanmar, Egypt, Botswana, Kenya, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tunisia, etc. He continues to do reporting projects for the Drake Group for Academic Integrity and investigative work for attorney Dave Marburger on free press and freedom of speech related cases.

Karl is a widower who has two fabulous kids (daughter and son) and two fabulous grandkids. 


University of Wisconsin – Madison, B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison, M.A., Nieman Fellow, Harvard University


Multimedia Journalism, Executive Media Training, Developing Democracies, Usability Testing, Online Media, Mobile, Computer-assisted Reporting, Journalism, Public records, International Media, Particularly in the Caucasus, Multimedia Video, Free Speech


  • Columbia DuPont Award