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Karl Grubaugh lives with his wife, Tanya, in Cameron Park. They have three children – Lauren (GBHS grad, UCLA grad, Fuller Seminary grad, Virginia Theological Seminary grad student), Connor (Ponderosa HS grad, UC Berkeley grad, working as a magazine editor in New York City) and Garrett (Ponderosa HS grad, Sonoma State sophomore). He has been a teacher for more than 35 years, and this is his 19th 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 and editor and freelance writer and 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. Last spring, he bacame the volunteer media director for the Bateson for Congress 2018 campaign. (Gina Bateson -- a GBHS graduate and former Granite Bay Gazette staffer, Stanford BA, Yale PhD, and a political science professor -- is running for Congress in California's Fourth Congressional District).
Grubaugh was a high school and club swimming and water polo 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, he was the 2008 National High School Journalism Teacher of the Year.