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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
  • LAPD responds to the scene were police fatally shot a man on Aug. 11, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Ezell Ford Shooting: Officer Involved in Death Was Defendant in 2011 Civil Rights Complaint

    One of the LAPD officers named Thursday as being involved in the fatal South Los Angeles shooting of Ezell Ford was a defendant in a federal civil rights lawsuit that claimed he was one of two officers who repeatedly held a man’s head underwater in a violent encounter. The Los Angeles Police Department released the names of the two Newton Division gang enforcement detail officers — Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas — who police said both fired their weapons at […]

  • Three lifeguards attempting to rescue a tired swimmer were caught in violent waves that reached up to 25 feet on Aug. 27, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Another Day of Damaging High Surf, Strong Rip Currents Expected at SoCal Beaches

    Another day of large swells and very strong rip currents were expected to hit Southern California beaches on Thursday as a high surf advisory remained in effect, according to the National Weather Service. Large crowds gathered at the Wedge in Newport Beach during the morning to watch experiences surfers and body-boarders take on the large waves. Amid the conditions, nearly 175 swimmers had to be rescued in Los Angeles County on Wednesday — which was considered the peak of a […]

  • Waves up to 25 feet were expected at The Wedge in Newport Beach on Aug. 27, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Lifeguard Rescue of Swimmer in Newport Beach Unfolds on Live TV

    Newport Beach lifeguards attempting to help a body-surfer who became distressed while trying to stay afloat among waves up to 25 feet near the Wedge (map) had to be rescued by a boat Wednesday morning. The entire rescue effort was viewed on live television while hundreds more watched from shore. Four lifeguards swam to the man, who appeared to be tired and struggling around 9 a.m., video showed. The waves were the largest seen in the past decade and pushed the group near a large rock […]

  • A standoff took place in Lynwood on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, after a gunman fired on a two detectives, wounding one, according to the Sheriff's Department. (Credit: KTLA)

    Gunman Shot Dead After Wounding Deputy, Barricading Self in Lynwood Home: Sheriff’s Department

    A gunman opened fire on two deputies, wounding one, and then barricaded himself inside an apartment in Lynwood Tuesday before being fatally shot when he came out of the home with a weapon, authorities said. The incident began shortly after 1 p.m. in an apartment complex in the 12000 block of Santa Fe Avenue (map), Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said. The deputies were at the building for an investigation when a “suspect” opened fire with a semiautomatic […]

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    LA City Council to Vote on Sidewalk Repair Plan

    The Los Angeles City Council was expected to vote on a proposed sidewalk repair project on Tuesday. Kareen Wynter reports from downtown Los Angeles for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Aug. 26, 2014.

  • Music producer Suge Knight, seen in this file photo, was among three people who were shot at a West Hollywood nightclub on Aug. 24, 2014. (Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for LMVH)

    Suge Knight Among 3 Injured in West Hollywood Nightclub Shooting

    Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was among three people who were shot and wounded at a West Hollywood nightclub early Sunday, authorities said. The shooting occurred in the 9000 block of Sunset Boulevard around 1:30 a.m., according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Two men and a woman were injured in the incident, which occurred during a celebrity-filled party hosted by Chris Brown, according to the Sheriff’s Department and CNN. Knight, the founder of Death […]

  • Street racing was suspected in a car crash that left two people dead and three others injured, according to LAPD. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 College of the Canyons Football Players Killed in Sylmar Crash; 3 Injured

    Speed was a factor in a multi-vehicle collision in Sylmar that killed two College of the Canyons football players and critically injured another, officials said. A woman and her 11-year-old daughter suffered minor injuries. The college’s chancellor and the Los Angeles County coroner’s office identified the deceased men as Alexander Manu, 18, of Reseda, and Isaiah Hastings, 19, of Lancaster. A third student-athlete, 18-year-old Eldridge Salguero of Van Nuys, remained hospitalized Saturday afternoon. “We’re just devastated,” head football coach Ted […]

  • Students, parents and teachers in front of Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters rally against discriminatory ticketing patterns at schools in 2012. (Credit: Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times)

    LAUSD to Decriminalize Student Fights, Petty Thefts and Minor Offenses

    The Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday is set to announce a major change in the way students are disciplined for some offenses. School police will no longer issue citations for most campus fights, petty theft and other minor offenses, but instead refer students to counseling and other services. Students involved in most fights – which make up about 20% of all student arrests – will be referred to city YouthSource Centers for counseling and other services. Students involved […]

  • Michael Brown was shot and killed by police, sparking outrage and protests in Missouri. (Credit: CNN)

    Michael Brown Death: Autopsy Unlikely to Settle Dueling Narratives

    The preliminary results of an autopsy that Michael Brown’s family requested are unlikely to settle the dueling narratives that have defined the case from the beginning. Brown was shot at least six times, all to the front of his body, according to the preliminary results. Four bullets went into his right arm, and he was shot twice in the head. Daryl Parks, an attorney representing Michael Brown’s family, said at a news conference in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday that there […]