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.
Though it wasn’t the outcome they were hoping for, Twins fans cheered on the team Tuesday, and many plan to return Wednesday.
A fire in north Minneapolis destroyed an apartment and barbershop Thursday. While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, the building owner is concerned the fire was intentionally set.
An elderly couple is recovering after a violent home invasion over the weekend in Bloomington, Minnesota.
If you tend to forget your mask or even lose it, a young Waconia, Minnesota girl has come up with a creative solution.
Gophers gymnast and Team USA member Shane Wiskus is now facing dual disappointment this season as, months after learning the Olympics would be postponed, the University of Minnesota is now planning to cut his team.
An encampment near Cathedral Hill in St. Paul was cleared out and cleaned up Thursday as officials say it became too big and unsafe.
Tuesday marked day one for a lot of Minnesota students, but back to school varied depending on the school district.
One day after a homeless encampment was forced to move, advocates for the group are pleading with the city, county and state to find a safe living situation for them.
In the height of all the looting in downtown Minneapolis Wednesday night, one restaurant owner had an enormous decision to make. Watching his business being destroyed, he pulled out his gun during an intense confrontation, before ultimately deciding not to pull the trigger.
The day AJ Oparah arrived to the emergency room at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, there were so many unknowns. But the one thing his mother said she knew is that he was going to be okay, in part because of the team that was surrounding him.