‘Baltimore Sun’ Marketer Karen Stabley Dies at 56

By: E&P Staff

Karen L. Stabley, who held sales and marketing management positions during nearly two decades at The Baltimore Sun, died of cancer Feb. 8 at age 56, the newspaper reported Tuesday.

Stabley began her career in 1979 as a local news editor and writer for Viewtron, Knight Ridder Inc.’s videotex project in Miami, according to a Sun obit by Frederick N. Rasmussen.

In 1981, she launched Gateway, a similar videotex project of Times Mirror Co.. When the project was terminated in 1986, she became a consultant to NYNEX, but soon joined the Sun to study the feasibility of a videotex project between the newspaper and Bell Atlantic.

In 1994, she launched Sundial, the newspaper’s free audiotex service that provided news updates, horoscopes, weather, games and other promotions over the telephone.

She became the paper’s director of electronic media and manager of new business development.

Stabley founded the Interactive Newspaper Network in 1989. In 1998, she was named the Sun’s director of marketing. She became assistant to Sun CEO and Publisher Michael E. Waller in 2000, staying until he retired in 2003.

Stabley left The Sun in 2005.

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