Brian J. Karem is an award-winning journalist, author, speaker and recognized defender of the First Amendment. Karem currently serves as a political analyst for CNN and is the senior White House correspondent for Playboy. He is also the host of Just Ask the Question, a podcast featuring conversations with informed individuals about politics, current events and pop culture.
Karem has worked in both newspaper and television as an investigative journalist covering politics, crime, refugee issues, and state and local news. His work experience includes America’s Most Wanted (producer and correspondent); People magazine; Fox News; NBC News; and the Courier-Journal, among others.
Karem has received multiple awards for his work, including the prestigious Pieringer Awardand the Freedom of the Press Award, and was recently nominated as “Journalist of the Year” by the Los Angeles Press Club.
Throughout his career, Karem has been a champion of free speech and vocal advocate for freedom of the press. He has testified in support of a federal shield lawnumerous times before state legislatures and is the founder of the “First Jailbird’s Club,” a group of 13 reporters who went to jail to defend a confidential source and who have toured the nation to rally for a federal shield law.
Most recently, Karem filed a lawsuit against the Trump White House for suspending his credentials for a month, citing First Amendment and Fifth Amendment violations. The suit named President Donald Trump and White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham as defendants. A U.S. District Court judge ordered the White House to restore Karem’s hard pass.
Karem is a member of the White House Press Corps and the National Press Club and serves as president of the Maryland-Delaware-D.C Press Association.