Cutts, Founder, Editor of Risk Retention Reporter Dies

February 8, 2010

Karen Cutts, the managing editor and former publisher of the Risk Retention Reporter, passed away on Feb. 2, 2010, after a seven-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 69-years-old.

Cutts founded the Risk Retention Reporter and served as its publisher for 24 years. She had years of experience and in-depth involvement with the Liability Risk Retention Act (LRRA), which delivered a unique perspective to the risk retention industry. Her extensive knowledge of the LRRA made her one of the foremost experts on the LRRA. Cutts was a frequent speaker on the subject and author of articles in a wide range of insurance publications. She also served as a previous editor of Insurance Journal.

Cutts is survived by her husband, James Cutts, now the publisher of the Risk Retention Reporter, her daughters Brianna Cutts and Dominique Cain, her brother Donald Lemos, and her sister Barbara Lemos.

Karrie Hyatt, the assistant editor of the Risk Retention Reporter, who assumed Cutts’ role as editor when she became ill in July 2009, has been appointed managing editor. Hyatt has worked closely with Cutts for the past five years and had a number of key responsibilities for the Risk Retention Reporter and the related publications.

Karen Cutts will remain on the masthead as the founding editor of the Risk Retention Reporter.

James Cutts stated, “I remain committed to Karen’s legacy. We will continue to serve the industry that she loved and sustain the standards of insightful and accurate reporting for which she was widely recognized.”

The Cutts family encourages all who wish to celebrate Karen’s memory to join the fight against pancreatic cancer by making a donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (

Source: Risk Retention Reporter,

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