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David Keim


Director Communications

David Keim leads the Communications Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His responsibilities include media and community relations, internal communications, protocol visits and lab events, and he led the multi-site design team for the new American Museum of Science and Energy. His staff provides strategic support for Lab leadership and ensures the quality of science writing, technical editing, design, photography, and videography across ORNL’s diverse research portfolio.

Before joining ORNL in March 2012, Keim was director of Public and Governmental Affairs at the Y-12 National Security Complex and was an award-winning editor and reporter for the Knoxville (Tennessee) News Sentinel.

Keim is chairman of the Distinguished Professionals Education Institute, which recruits professionals to public school classrooms in Knoxville and Nashville, and is a board member of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. He is a graduate of the Leadership Knoxville class of 2006 and the University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Associates class of 2010. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the honors college at Ohio University.