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KAREEN WYNTER
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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
  • Salvador Esparza is shown in a photo posted to a GoFundMe page. He was killed in a July 5, 2016, shooting in Altadena.

    Mom Issues Tearful Plea Amid Search for Person Who Killed 4-Year-Old Son in Altadena; Reward Offered

    A mother whose 4-year-old son was shot to death in Altadena last month issued a tearful plea for the public’s help in finding his killer as a reward was offered in the case Thursday. Salvador Esparza III, of Monrovia, was visiting with family friends on July 5 when he was fatally shot at a home in the 300 block of West Figueroa Drive around 10:40 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. A 27-year-old man was also shot and […]

  • Women cry in front of damaged houses in a street in the central Italian village of Illica, near Accumoli, on Aug. 24, 2016 after a powerful earthquake rocked central Italy leaving at least 159 dead and hundreds more injured. (Credit: Mario Laporta/Getty Images)

    Italian Earthquake Death Toll Rises to at Least 247; Hundreds More Injured

    The death toll from Wednesday’s 6.2-magnitude earthquake in central Italy has risen to 247, with hundreds more injured, the country’s national news agency, ANSA, reported. In the Italian village of Saletta, a tiny settlement of about 20 people, residents used their bare hands to ferret through the rubble of a two-story home in a desperate search for neighbors. They called out names as they dug through the remains of a bedroom. Rescue dogs sniffed and clawed through the debris, with […]

  • A Los Angeles Police Commission meeting became heated on Aug. 23, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Protesters Confront Los Angeles Police Commission Over Recent Shootings

    A Los Angeles Police Commission meeting erupted into chaos Tuesday when protesters confronted police about recent shootings involving black and latino victims. Kareen Wynter reports from downtown Los Angeles for the KTLA News at 1 on Aug. 23, 2016.

  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivers opening remarks during a meeting with law enforcement officials at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, August 18, 2016 in New York City. (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Hillary Clinton Attends Fundraising Event in Beverly Hills

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is in Southern California Monday for a fundraising event in Beverly Hills. Mary Beth McDade reports from Beverly Hills for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Aug. 22, 2016.

  • Edward Charles Allaway is shown in a 1976 booking photo.

    Transfer of Cal State Fullerton Killer to Napa State Hospital Angers DA, Victims’ Relatives

    A janitor who opened fire on his colleagues at Cal State Fullerton four decades ago, killing seven of them, has been quietly transferred from a state hospital in San Bernardino to a less secure one in Northern California, according to Orange County’s top prosecutor, who is outraged by the move. Standing with relatives of two of the victims of Edward Charles Allaway, now, 77, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said Friday he believed the transfer was a precursor to Allaway’s release from […]

  • U.S Olympic swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger leave the police headquarters at International departures of Rio de Janiero's Galeo International airport on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. (Credit: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

    USOC Apologies to Brazilians for Lochte Incident; 2 Other U.S. Swimmers Head Home

    A decorated American Olympian says he and three of his teammates were robbed at gunpoint. Brazilian police say that’s not true. Who’s right? After days of confusion about what actually happened to Ryan Lochte, James Feigen, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz, there’s now video of much of the incident, which occurred at a gas station in the early morning of August 14. Bentz and Conger gave statements Thursday denying having been victims of a robbery and said that the version […]

  • Lisa Arnold is pictured in a booking photo released by the Glendale Police Department on Aug. 16, 2016.

    911 Call: ‘Let My Brother Go,’ 8-Year-Old Glendale Boy Says He Told Would-Be Kidnapper

    In an audio recording released by police on Wednesday, an 8-year-old Glendale boy can be heard urgently describing the attempted kidnapping of his 3-year-old brother to a 911 dispatcher. The boy was with his brother at John Marshall Elementary School on Aug. 10 when Lisa A. Arnold allegedly attempted to kidnap the younger boy. Their mother came and intervened before the child could be taken, police said. In an interview with KTLA Wednesday evening, the unidentified boy described fighting off the would-be […]

  • A welcome back to school sign greeted returning students outside an LAUSD school. (Credit: KTLA)

    LAUSD Students Head Back to Class, Must Be Vaccinated to Attend School, District Says

    Hundreds of thousands of Los Angeles Unified School District students headed back to class for the first day of school Tuesday as summer vacation officially came to an end. As with the rest of California, LAUSD’s year began with a change in vaccination policy, as nearly all students are required to have up-to-date immunizations in order to attend school under SB 277, a state law that removed the personal belief exemption option. The law, which was signed into law on June […]

  • A friend of Jesus Alejandro Benitez Jaimez provided this picture of the victim on Aug. 15, 2016.

    Man Shot, Killed in Apparent Road-Rage Incident in Panorama City Was Father of Two

    A man who was shot and killed in an apparent road-rage incident in Panorama City late Sunday night was a father of two. Police received a call of shots fired in the 8200 block of Willis Avenue at about 11:30 p.m., said Lt. Mike Kozak with the Los Angeles Police Department. Witnesses told police a man got out of his car and walked up to the driver’s side of another vehicle that had stopped in front of him, intending to confront […]