Karl Gude
Graphics Editor-in-Residence
School of Journalism
Michigan State University

Karl Gude has been creating news graphics since the late ’70s and is one of the few visual journalists who has worked for newspapers, newsmagazines and wire services. He spoke at SXSW 2014 on using graphics for visual storytelling.

Karl spent nearly a decade as the director of information graphics at Newsweek magazine and also held that position at the Associated Press and United Press International wire services. He also directed the graphics departments at two large daily newspapers, the New York Daily News and the short-lived National Sports Daily.

During his more than a quarter of a century in news, Karl has covered seven presidential elections, a slew of wars, terrorist attacks and natural disasters, and countless medical and science discoveries. Karl diagramed what caused Mt. St. Helens to explode, how John Lennon and the Pope were shot and how the planes hit the World Trade Center. He mapped the route of British troops through the Falkland Islands and the progress of U.S. soldiers as they headed toward Baghdad. He charted the ups and downs of the U.S. economy and used statistics to illustrate how Enron executives lied to their stockholders.