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
  • Xinran Ji was killed while walking back to his off-campus apartment near USC on July 24, 2014.

    Trial Underway in Beating Death of USC Engineering Grad Student

    Four teens have pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges as the trial begins for the violent beating death of USC graduate student Xinran Ji. Kareen Wynter reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Sept. 30, 2016. The 24-year-old engineering student from China was attacked in July 2014 while returning from a study session after what appears to be an attempted robbery. A train of blood led to his 30th Street apartment near the university, police have said. Jonathan […]

  • Xinran Ji was killed while walking back to his off-campus apartment near USC on July 24, 2014.

    Trial Underway for Teen Accused in Killing of USC Grad Student

    Opening statements took place Friday in the trial of an 18-year-old girl who is one of four people accused of beating a USC grad student to death. Kareen Wynter reports from downtown Los Angeles for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Sept. 30, 2016.

  • Authorities surround a patrol car following a crash on the 110 Freeway transition road to the 101 Freeway near downtown Los Angeles on Sept. 29, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Steals Police Cruiser, Dies After Crashing It on 110 Freeway Near Downtown L.A., Police Say

    A man who jumped into a patrol car and sped off on the 110 Freeway died Thursday morning after driving off a transition road and crashing near downtown Los Angeles, police said. The incident began about 3:30 a.m. when a South Pasadena police officer was returning to the city after transporting a prisoner to the University of California Los Angeles Campus, the South Pasadena Police Department stated in a news release. The officer saw a bus stopped in an island area on […]

  • Authorities investigate an officer-involved shooting near a hospital in Boyle Heights on Sept. 28, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Shot by Police After Getting Out of LAPD Custody During Hospital Exam in Boyle Heights

    A man was shot by an LAPD officer Wednesday after getting away from authorities during an examination at a hospital in Boyle Heights stemming from a previous incident, police said. The incident occurred about 3:30 p.m. near Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center when the man broke free from a detective and two officers who were escorting him to the hospital, said Los Angeles Police Detective Meghan Aguilar. The man ran away and confronted a woman in an SUV and forced her to get out. The officers who […]

  • Mimi Morales, 7, recovering from surgery to remove her infected jaw bone linked to a routine dental procedure. (Credit: KTLA)

    7-Year-Old Girl Undergoes Surgery to Remove Infected Jaw Bone Linked to Root Canal at OC Dental Clinic

    Seven-year-old Mimi Morales – one of 22 children hospitalized with serious bacterial infections following a common dental procedure at Children’s Dental Group in Anaheim- underwent surgery to remove an infected jaw bone on Sunday. Kareen Wynter reports from Anaheim for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on Sept. 27, 2016.

  • A pursuit driver stopped on the 215 Freeway in San Bernardino and got out of his vehicle with a long object in his hand on Sept. 26, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Driver in Custody Following Pursuit, Standoff With CHP Officers in San Bernardino

    A suspected stolen-vehicle driver was taken into custody Monday morning following a high-speed pursuit and eventual standoff with officers on an overpass in San Bernardino. The driver was initially headed westbound on the 60 Freeway when CHP officers took over the pursuit from local police, said California Highway Patrol Officer Alex Rubio. The driver was in a stolen vehicle, Rubio said. At about 9:15 a.m., aerial video from Sky5 showed the driver in a black Toyota Camry, which had transitioned to the eastbound 10 Freeway, […]

  • Richard Hong is shown in a photo provided to KTLA by friends.

    Man Found Dead After Burglary Call at Hollywood Hills Home Is ID’d

    The man found dead after a report of a burglary at a Hollywood Hills home rented out by a Canadian television personality has been identified as a 41-year-old actor and surfer. Richard Hong was found at a home in the 6700 block of Milner Avenue. He was identified to KTLA by his sister and by LAPD Officer Aareon Jefferson. Canadian radio and television personality George Stroumboulopoulos tweeted about 3 p.m. that he rents the home, and said the victim who was staying there was a […]

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    El Monte Superintendent Files Suit After Being Placed on Administrative Leave

    Former El Monte Union High School District Superintendent Irella Perez, who was placed on administrative leave in March, recently filed a claim for damages alleging she was targeted for standing up for harassed employees, and that she was subjected to harassment herself. Kareen Wynter reports from El Monte for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Sept. 22, 2016. Correction: The video has been removed from this post as it showed file footage of the wrong school district. 

  • Hank and Helen Kawecki are preparing to leave the Thousand Oaks residence they've called home for more than 50 years. (Credit: KTLA)

    Thousand Oaks Couple in Their 80s Loses Home After Allegedly Being Scammed by Grandson

    A couple in Thousand Oaks has given up fighting an eviction from the home they’ve lived in for nearly six decades after their grandson allegedly mortgaged it away and sold it without their knowledge. Helen and Hank Kawecki are scheduled leave their home this Saturday. They will move in to a mobile home in a senior living community in nearby Newbury Park, thanks to the generosity of the community and neighbors who helped raise nearly $125,000 on their behalf. The Kaweckis, both […]