David M Keim

David Keim

David M Keim

Director, Communications


David Keim is responsible for external and internal communications, community relations, and protocol visits for Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Since his arrival in March 2012, the lab has expanded its efforts to increase understanding of ORNL science and technology among both technical and non-technical audiences. Initiatives include a redesign of the ORNL Review magazine; a new ORNL website; the "What Problem Are You Working On?" video series; start-up and expansion of social media streams; and a variety of other videos, publications and events, including the ORNL Science Fair for elementary, middle, and high-school students. Keim's division also oversees the American Museum of Science and Energy for the Department of Energy.

Before joining ORNL, Keim was director of Public and Governmental Affairs at the Y-12 National Security Complex, where he worked to improve awareness of Y-12 operations through increased media coverage, start-up of Y-12 social media sites, and publication of an annual Community Investment Report. Keim’s staff also coordinated dedication of the nation’s storehouse for weapons-grade uranium, the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility, in March 2010.

Keim previously was an editor and reporter for the Knoxville (Tennessee) News Sentinel, where he served as the lead editor on county government coverage that won four national awards, launched the annual Book of Lists and monthly Greater Knoxville Business Journal, and represented the News Sentinel on national cable and local television news broadcasts.

Keim is a member of the boards of Contact Care Line, Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, and the Distinguished Professionals Education Institute, which recruits professionals to public school classrooms in Knoxville and Nashville. He is a member 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.

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