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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The man nominated to become the next Minneapolis police chief, Brian O'Hara, faced the public Wednesday as his nomination enters the final stages before approval.
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