Karen Hughes is an American communications expert and civil servant currently serving Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. She has been tasked by President Bush with leading efforts to promote America’s values and confront ideological support for terrorism around the world. She oversees three bureaus at the Department of State: Educational and Cultural Affairs, Public Affairs, and International Information Programs, and participates in foreign policy development at the State Department.
A longtime advisor to President Bush, Ambassador Hughes served as Counselor to the President for his first 18 months in the White House. As Counselor, she managed the White House Offices of Communications, Media Affairs, Speechwriting and Press Secretary. She is also the author of “Ten Minutes from Normal”, the story of her experiences working for President Bush, and she helped write the President’s autobiography, “A Charge to Keep”.
Source-U.S. Department of State