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.
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Starting in early August, MnPASS will switch to E-ZPass -- which is used to collect tolls in other states.
Community members and humane organizations are calling on the city of Blaine to stop the sale of puppy mill puppies in pet stores.
Video posted to Facebook showed a man firing shots into the air as vehicles did burnouts in Minneapolis' Uptown neighborhood.
A woman says she watched on surveillance camera as a man entered her home through her doggy door, but was baffled when prosecutors initially declined to take on the case.
A St. Cloud hospital is using 4D technology allowing doctors to use a live hologram during certain procedures.
Keegan Oyugi has been missing for nearly two weeks and his family is calling on the public to come forward with any information.
Police are investigating after human body parts were discovered in the St. Anthony West neighborhood of Minneapolis Thursday morning.