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.
As the weather starts to turn warm, if you are lucky enough to be in the market for a new boat this summer, you are going to run into some trouble getting it on the water before fall.
A St. Paul woman is facing charges after she told police her young daughter was inside a car that was stolen, triggering an Amber Alert. Police later learned the little girl was with her grandma the entire time.
A 15-year-old dog that was recently stolen is back home Wednesday after an arrest and some diligent work by a Minneapolis police officer.
A Minnesota House committee on Tuesday advanced legislation increasing the fines to $300 for drivers who blow past school bus stop arms.
As day four of the Derek Chauvin trial was underway in Minneapolis, the area around George Floyd Square was peaceful.
A new vaccination site in Brooklyn Center is now open to anyone 65 and older to get a shot, as the city works to make sure everyone has access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
For small businesses at E 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, the struggle to survive is ongoing.
After testimony this week from renters and landlords, Minneapolis city councilmembers are set to take up rent stabilization measures on Friday.
A good match is a good life. That’s the idea behind Rumi, a technology-based group helping the disabled find roommates. The match can be another person living with a disability or a live-in caretaker, and it works similar to a matchmaking site.
People in Minneapolis got a chance to weigh in Thursday on a proposal to replace the police department in the city charter being put on the November ballot.