Carol Dawson

Carol Gene Dawson

Title: Political leader and journalist

Location: Lancaster, VA, United States

Carol Dawson, journalist and political leader, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in politics and journalism.
Ms. Dawson is currently enjoying retirement after a groundbreaking career in politics and journalism spanning more than 30 years. Encouraged by her parents, both writers, she found her passion for journalism at a young age and studied at Dumbarton College of the Holy Cross, graduating in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts. She would return to school in the early 1990s, earning a Master of Arts in international transactions from George Mason University in 1994. While an undergraduate student, Ms. Dawson found further support from academic and professional mentors in the field and launched her policy career working part-time as a news writer in the office of then-Vice President Richard Nixon. After graduation, Ms. Dawson worked as a staff assistant in the office of New York Senator Kenneth B. Keating, departing in 1961 to pursue a legislative assistant position with Indiana Representative Donald C. Bruce. She was named deputy director of public information for the Goldwater for President Campaign in 1963, leading her to the same role with the Republican National Committee the following year. Ms. Dawson later served as Deputy Press Secretary and Deputy Special Assistant to the Secretary of Energy before becoming a member of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, where she acted as Commissioner between 1984 and 1993.
A lifelong conservative, Ms. Dawson helped found Young Americans for Freedom in 1960 at a conference held by the late William Buckley, Jr., and is the former editor of the group’s newsletter. She has held leadership roles with the American Conservative Union, the Virginia Republican State Central Committee, and the Lancaster County Republican Committee, among others, and was elected to the National Republican Convention in 1980. Ms. Dawson is a founding member of the Friends of Belle Isle State Park and a member of the Board of Governors of the Fairfax Hunt Club. She looks back on her career in journalism fondly and hopes to be remembered as a person of integrity and a pioneer who helped make the field easier to navigate for the women who followed her.


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