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.
Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Melvin Carter presented his budget plan, which did not include funding for a Shot Spotter tool.
Minnesotans love to see eagles in the state, but more and more the majestic birds are requiring treatment for their injuries at the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center.
Four downtown Minneapolis buildings, including U.S. Bank Stadium, caused the most observed bird deaths over the course of a two-year study, which was published on Tuesday.
St. Paul leaders Thursday issued a proclamation to support those affected by domestic violence as part of an event recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the city.
It’s been one year since the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and people from the Jewish community say it’s been a painful one. In Minneapolis on Wednesday, a small group gathered to remember those killed and to call for an end to hate.
One week after a 27-year-old man was killed in the Marcy Holmes neighborhood in Minneapolis, police are still looking for the person responsible.
Children skipping school is a problem, and the City of Minneapolis is looking for answers.
Police are investigating a homicide after a man was found suffering from injuries in Minneapolis' Marcy-Holmes neighborhood early Wednesday morning. He died a short time later.
If you haven't looked at the seven-day forecast just yet, it isn't looking pretty.
More people are getting sick after swimming at three Foss Swim Schools in the Twin Cities after an initial outbreak in September.