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Keven Ann Willey

Vice President / Editorial Page Editor, The Dallas Morning News

Keven Ann Willey

Keven Ann Willey was born in Washington, D.C., during the Eisenhower administration. Her interest in politics began early. Keven's mother used to take her in a bassinet to the Senate gallery and listen to the likes of Everett Dirksen and Estes Kefauver debate public policy issues. Keven's father, who worked for the National Institutes of Health, moved the family to Tucson, which is where Keven grew up.

Keven attended the University of Arizona and studied briefly in Europe and at Colegio Cervantes in Guadalajara. She spent the bulk of her college career at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where she was a walk-on varsity volleyball player. She was graduated magna cum laude in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with emphasis in political science and Spanish. She is a 2001 graduate of the Management Development Program sponsored by the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and was also named that year a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University.

Keven began her journalism career at The Associated Press in Phoenix, and later in 1980 joined The Arizona Republic in Phoenix where she covered everything from school boards to murders. She spent 1987-88 covering the presidential campaign, traveling extensively with Bruce Babbitt, George Bush, Michael Dukakis, Richard Gephardt, Al Gore, Jesse Jackson and Jack Kemp. She has covered eight national political conventions. Keven became The Republic’s political columnist in 1989, and was named editorial page editor in 1998. Under Keven’s direction The Republic's editorial pages twice were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.

Keven became Vice President and Editorial Page Editor at The Dallas Morning News in November 2002. Her department’s ongoing Bridging Dallas’ North-South Gap won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing, an award recognizing the groundbreaking journalism of editorial writers Tod Robberson, Colleen McCain Nelson and Bill McKenzie. The department's successful four-year campaign to amend the state constitution to require legislators to publicly record their votes was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing. Keven received the 2007 Mayborn Award for Community Service from the Texas Daily Newspaper Association and the 2007 James Madison Award from the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas for the recorded votes effort. Those editorials also won the 2004 Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment.

Keven has served as a Pulitzer Prize jurist and in 2008 was elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board. She was the 2006-07 president of the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and is a board member of the National Conference of Editorial Writers and the SMU Tate Lecture Series. She’s a member of the World Affairs Council, the Dallas Assembly, the Dallas Summit, Charter 100 and the Dallas Arboretum.

In years past, Keven won many awards for news writing, column writing and editorial writing, including from The Associated Press Managing Editors and the Best of the West contest. She is a former president of the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona and a founding board member of First Amendment Funding Inc. Her work has appeared in The New York Times and Keven has been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, C-SPAN and numerous other television and radio stations nationwide.

Keven is married to custom tour guide Georges Badoux.