Although Karen has lived in Minnesota for 14 years, she took the long road to get here. Karen began my career inside a TV barn in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. From there she went to Greenville, Mississippi, Evansville, Indiana, Salt Lake City, Utah, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and finally here to FOX 9. Karen is a graduate of Syracuse University. Currently, she anchors Friday and Saturday nights and reports three days per week.
Karen has spent much of her career covering crime stories, most notably the kidnapping and return of Elizabeth Smart. She's also witnessed an execution by lethal injection. But the story shes still thinks about the most to this day is when 10-year-old Barway Collins of Crystal, Minnesota disappeared only to be found tragically murdered.
"I can’t shake that one," Karen said.
Karen enjoys covering stories that bring important issues to light and that give people of voice in their communities.
"There are so many terrific groups and individuals that are working every single day to make a positive impact no matter how challenging the circumstances," Karen said. " I believe they deserve to be heard."
One of the most fun stories Karen has covered (other than the Minnesota State Fair, of course) is the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic games, getting the chance to meet people and athletes from all over the world.
Karen and her husband Dan and live in Chaska with their two sons, Jack and Max (Go Hawks!) They also have a dog that is just about the most perfect dog you could have. His name is Boomer.
Halloween season has plenty of haunts, whether it’s houses, graveyards or cornfields. But in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, there’s a different, rather odd way of celebrating.
After a three-day strike, the emergency room at Allina WestHealth in Plymouth will reopen, despite no deal being reached.
The night before a shooting at a St. Paul bar left more than a dozen people hurt and one person dead, Sheriff Bob Fletcher had a feeling something bad was going to happen.
At 14, Sophie Wieland could capture an audience, whether with the violin or playing hockey, soccer, or running cross country, she was smart and did well in school. She was even on student council. And her smile made others smile.
A Twin Cities animal rescue group says it is seeing an explosion in feral cats on the streets of the metro.
The St. Paul Police Department is working to curb crime in a new way by reaching out to young people in the Karen and Karenni communities.
As a Minneapolis mother continues grieving the loss of her son to gun violence, the shooter remains on the run.
School districts across the country are dealing with a shortage of bus drivers. But a superintendent in the St. Francis school district said if she’s going to put a shout-out for drivers, she should also step up and get her license.
An Eden Prairie man estimates his impressive collection of rare Hot Wheels and toy cars is worth more than the price tag of $1 million -- a hobby he got into by happenstance.
At about this time last year, pet rescues couldn't keep up with the influx of adoption requests. Now, they have the opposite problem on their hands.