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.
A Minnesota mother is fighting for a bill that would allow school nurses and staff to administer medical cannabis to students for medical reasons.
The city of Buffalo, Minnesota is remembering a man killed in a car crash just before 10 p.m. Tuesday. Gary Wagner, 80, had a big impact on Buffalo youth sports for decades, but now, family, friends and the community are grieving.
Metro Transit is down 85 drivers and it's affecting its routes. It thinks it can fill those positions by offering salaried training after a one-day hiring event.
A Minneapolis company that focuses on safety at places of worship is advising churches and synagogues on how to keep their worshipers safe.
A Duluth woman is trying to stop others from being injured or killed from huffing after she was left paralyzed from a crash in which the impaired driver had inhaled an aerosol keyboard cleaner.
Hundreds of people took a break from the Christmas chaos on Saturday to remember those who have served.
Sales increased 3.2% and total net profit increased 25% in the first full year of Sunday sales in Minnesota.
Second Harvest Heartland, a food bank based in the Twin Cities metro, served 89 million meals last year. That amount seems like a lot, but organization leaders say what they do isn’t nearly what SNAP, the taxpayer-paid food stamp program, does.
The report pointed to three possibilities of what caused the fire that killed five people last week at Cedars Apartments.
As some travelers prepare for the snowy drive ahead, others are checking for flight delays and cancellations.