Karen began her career as a reporter, writer and editor for United Press International in Boston. She started her broadcast career almost two years later as a reporter/anchor at WHDH-AM/WCOZ-FM in Boston.
From there Karen moved to ABC news in New York City as an anchor for the FM Radio Network. After five years, she accepted a position as network radio correspondent with NBC news in Washington, covering the White House, the Capitol, the State Department. Her assignment included TV stories for NBC's "Early Today" show.
Karen returned to New York in 1984 and spent three years as a writer/associate producer for WCBS-TV, until she joined WTOP-AM as a reporter and anchor in 1987. She was a frequent guest journalist for various public affairs interview programs on WRC-TV, WETA-TV, WAMU Radio, and C-Span.
A multiple Emmy nominee, Karen has been the recipient of numerous awards during her many years in broadcasting. In 1992, she received the best spot news coverage award from the Sigma Delta Chi Society Of Professional Journalists for her work on the Mount Pleasant riots. She was honored by the Blinded American Veterans for reports on the Persian Gulf War syndrome. She received best spot news coverage awards from the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association and the Radio-Television News Directors Associations. And she was nominated for an Emmy for a report on the Tuskegee syphilis study victims.
Karen was born in Montgomery, Alabama. She grew up in the Shaker Heights suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor Of Science In Psychology and received her MS in Journalism from Columbia University.
Karen served on the reporters committee for Freedom Of The Press and is a member of the National Association Of Black Journalists.
In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, playing tennis and traveling.