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Kareen Wynter is a general assignment reporter with KTLA’s Emmy Award-winning news station. You can often catch her weekly field reports on the evening newscasts. Since joining KTLA in July 2013, Kareen has covered a variety of stories from Arsenio Hall’s historic late-night television return to the high-profile Jackson vs. AEG Live civil trial.

Kareen joined KTLA from CNN/U.S., where she was an entertainment correspondent for the network. While based in Los Angeles for seven years, she reported extensively on a variety of stories including the death of Whitney Houston, the Conrad Murray involuntary manslaughter trial and the 2007 Hollywood writers strike. Kareen, who also co-hosted the Academy Award’s red carpet pre-shows for CNN/HLN, was a regular contributor on HLN’s “Nancy Grace,” “Dr. Drew” and “Showbiz Tonight.”

Before joining CNN/U.S. in Los Angeles, Kareen spent several years in Washington, D.C., as a CNN Newsource correspondent. She provided breaking news reports and custom live shots for more than 800 of the network’s station affiliates. The national headlines took Kareen across the country, even internationally, where she traveled to file stories on the passing of Pope John Paul II, Martha Stewart’s prison release and the storm-ravaged regions following Hurricane Katrina.

Prior to KTLA and CNN, Kareen reported for several news stations in the Midwest, including WEWS-TV in Cleveland; WTVG-TV in Toledo, Ohio; and KBJR-TV in Duluth, Minn. Kareen received her Master of Arts degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She also attended Boston College, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.

While Kareen has a true passion for journalism, her other interests involve mentoring teens in her community as well as working with the Children of the Caribbean Foundation, where she is an honorary board member. The non-profit organization offers relief and assistance to under-served kids in the Caribbean and California in the areas of education, healthcare and social development.

Recent Articles
  • Singer Whitney Houston and her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, arrive at the 2011 Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 12, 2011, in Beverly Hills. (Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

    Whitney Houston’s Daughter Placed in Medically-Induced Coma

    Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown was placed in a medically induced coma Saturday after being found facedown and unresponsive in a bathtub full of water, a source close to the family has told CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin. Brown, 21, “was not breathing” when a man identified as her husband and a friend found her at about 10:25 a.m. inside her townhouse in Roswell, Georgia, said police in the Atlanta suburb. They called 911 and performed CPR until public […]

  • Radar images show heavy showers and thunderstorms passing through Southern California on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.

    Storm Brings Heavy Showers, Thunder and Lightning to San Fernando Valley

    Heavy downpours fell in parts of the San Fernando Valley Friday afternoon as a passing low-pressure system brought some thunder and lightning to the region. Doppler radar images showed strong storm activity in Burbank and Sun Valley as of 3 p.m. The heavy showers could lead to dangerous driving conditions on local freeways. Another pocket of thunder and lightning storms appeared to be developing near Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica. People at the beach should take precautions and stay away from […]

  • A student walks at Rowland Elementary in West Covina. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘Boys Will Be Boys,’ Says Mother Heartbroken That Son Was Expelled Over Threat With Knife

    The mother of a 9-year-old boy who allegedly pulled a knife on a fellow student defended her son Wednesday, a day after he was expelled from a West Covina elementary school. Amy Tovar acknowledged that her son, whom she called a “good kid,” brought a pocketknife to Rowland Elementary. But his being expelled was “heart wrenching” and an overreaction, Tovar said. “He had it, he held it. Boys will be boys. He started showing it off to other kids in […]

  • Diane Morita holds up a glass of the black, sludgy liquid on Jan. 26, 2015, that has been coming out of her taps. (Credit: KTLA)

    Water Is Safe, Utility Says in Response to Reports of Discolored Water in Gardena

    Several days after a Gardena woman posted video to YouTube of black water coming out of her faucet and toilet, the utility that services her area responded Tuesday. The Golden State Water Company said the “extreme case of discolored water” was an “isolated event” and that water provided to customers in the South Bay city is safe. The Gardena customer contacted the company on Jan. 21, and investigators responded, Kate Nutting, general manager of the company’s southwest district, said in the […]

  • A person with a measles rash is seen in this file photo.

    Santa Monica High School Coach Diagnosed With Measles as Outbreak Continues to Spread

    Santa Monica High School students and parents were alerted Friday night that a freshman baseball coach had been diagnosed with measles, as the California-centered outbreak continued to spread to other states and Mexico. School and Los Angeles County health officials immediately investigated the potential exposure to the rest of the campus. But they concluded that because every student on the baseball team had a record of measles immunization, it was unlikely that students could have caught the highly contagious virus. […]

  • Vandals tried to destroy two tombstones of Jesus Christ at the San Gabriel Mission Church Cemetery on Jan. 20, 2015. (Credit: San Gabriel Police Department)

    Vandals Desecrate 2 Graves, Smash Statue of Jesus at Cemetery in San Gabriel

    Vandals toppled and smashed one statue of Jesus and tried to overturn a second figure as they desecrated two graves at a cemetery in San Gabriel, police said Friday. The incident took place sometime after dark on Tuesday at the San Gabriel Mission Church Cemetery located in the 400 block of South Mission Drive (map), the San Gabriel Police Department stated in a news release. Vandals managed to overturn a large granite figure of Jesus and then smashed it to […]

  • Teacher Sean Kane allegedly wrote this comment during a post on his Facebook page.

    South Hills H.S. Teacher on Leave After Alleged Student Sex Comments on Facebook

    A high school art teacher who allegedly posted Facebook comments condoning sexual relations between teachers and students has been put on paid leave. Teacher Sean Kane works at the same school — South Hills High in West Covina — where two female educators were arrested on suspicion of having sex with students. Kane’s profile may have been taken down on the social media site; a recent search of Facebook did not turn up a profile for the teacher. But a […]

  • Those who became sick after eating the Three Kings bread reported symptoms including dizziness, palpitations and numbness. (Credit: Orange County Health Care Agency)

    Bakery Reopens Amid Probe into Synthetic-Marijuana Laced Bread That Sickened Dozens

    Cholula`s Bakery in Santa Ana reopened Wednesday while investigators try to determine how Rosca de Reyes bread distributed by the company became tainted with a synthetic cannabinoid that left dozens of people ill. Kareen Wynter reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015.

  • The exterior of Culver City High School is seen on Jan. 19, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    School District, Police, Accused Football Player Respond to Lawsuit Over Alleged Rapes at Culver City HS

    School officials, police and a young man who said he was among several varsity football players accused of rape responded Tuesday to a lawsuit filed against the school district by a former student who said she was sexually assaulted on the Culver City High School campus on multiple occasions. In a statement posted to its website, Culver City Unified School District Superintendent Dave LaRose said he had only recently became aware of the lawsuit “regarding an incident in December 2013.” The […]