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Karl Grubaugh lives with his wife, Tanya, in Cameron Park. They have three children – Lauren (GBHS, UCLA, Fuller Seminary, Virginia Theological Seminary; assistant rector at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Centennial, Colorado), Connor (Ponderosa HS, UC Berkeley, PhD student at Notre Dame University) and Garrett (Ponderosa HS, Sonoma State senior). He has been a teacher for almost 40 years, and 2019-20 is his 21st year at Granite Bay High. He’s also been an instructor at the University of Missouri and an adjunct journalism professor at American River College.
In addition to teaching, he has 30-plus years of experience (mostly part-time, some full-time) as a newspaper reporter/editor and freelance writer/editor. When he's not in the classroom or advising the Gazette student newspaper and GraniteBayToday.org student news website, he has worked occasional shifts as a copy editor at the Sacramento Bee and done some freelance magazine/newspaper/ website writing and editing for Newsela com and other publications. In the summer, he teaches at journalism workshops in New York City and elsewhere in the United States.
Grubaugh swam and played water polo in high school and college, and he was a high school and club aquatics coach for many years, including, most recently, four years as an assistant water polo coach at Ponderosa High during his older son's tenure.
His bachelor's degree is in Social Science, with honors, from the Harvard of the West – Sacramento State University! – where he also earned his teaching credential. He holds a graduate degree in American Studies from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and he has an MA in Journalism from the University of Missouri. (M-I-Z! ...)
He's received some nice awards in his teaching and journalism advising career, as have his students. Perhaps most notably, the Dow Jones Newsfund named him the 2008 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year.