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 Muslim woman's experience while in Stillwater, Minnesota is prompting the city to come together to denounce hate.
A seven-year-old boy is recovering Wednesday after he was shot in the foot during a drive-by shooting in Minneapolis Tuesday.
Residents in a south Minneapolis neighborhood say enough is enough with the crime happening on their streets.
More shootings and an uptick in violence across Minneapolis has neighborhoods looking for answers.
A longtime civil rights activist called an emergency meeting inviting every member of the Minneapolis City Council, but only one showed up.
Residents in Watertown, Minnesota are finding a little fun in their mailbox Thursday in the form of $60 to spend however they want within city limits.
Salon owners are having mixed reactions to new guidance from the state of Minnesota on what kinds of businesses can reopen starting June 1.
Minnesota retailers are getting prepped and ready to reopen on Monday. With the governor giving the green light to open with a safety plan in place. But, not every store will have their doors open that soon.
As the response to the COVID-19 pandemic shuts down schools, playgrounds, youth sports, and other sources of entertainment for kids, an old school game is making a comeback.
Trucks rolled in as staff returned to work at the JBS pork plant two weeks after the COVID-19 outbreak.