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Dorie Turner Nolt

Senior Associate


Dorie Turner Nolt is a nationally recognized expert in education policy and communications, bringing more than 15 years of experience in journalism and high-pressure public affairs to her work. Dorie served in the Obama Administration as press secretary and key communications strategist for U.S. Education Secretaries Arne Duncan and John B. King Jr., where she developed an unmatched set of relationships with education reporters and editors around the country. Prior to joining the Obama Administration in 2013, Dorie worked in communications for the Georgia Department of Education and was the Atlanta-based national education reporter for The Associated Press, covering everything from local testing scandals to federal education policies. Dorie began her career covering higher education for the Chattanooga Times Free Press in Tennessee.

Dorie serves as a member of the Education Writers Association’s Community Advisory Board. She volunteers as a career mentor with New Futures in Washington, D.C., and as a student adviser for Moms Demand Action.

A native of Memphis, Dorie is the daughter of a lifelong educator and a professional clown. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s in journalism. Dorie lives in Washington, D.C., with her startup entrepreneur husband, son and a very tiny dog.



  • Communications strategy
  • Education policy


BA in Journalism from the University of Tennessee

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