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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
  • Ian Justin Eulian, pictured in court on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, is accused of beating a woman who was feeding cats near his house.

    Mistrial Declared for Firefighter Accused of Beating Woman For Feeding Stray Cats

    A mistrial was declared on Tuesday in the case of a Los Angeles firefighter accused of beating a woman who was feeding stray cats in their West Adams neighborhood. Ian Eulian and his mother Lonieta Fontaine were each charged with felony assault and battery in connection with the Sept. 14 incident that was captured on surveillance video. Eulian, who was off duty at the time, and Fontaine allegedly confronted 47-year-old Rebecca Stafford because the stray cats she was feeding had attacked his dog […]

  • LAPD patrolled the area in and around Grand Park as the Made in America festival hit downtown Los Angeles on Aug. 30, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    L.A. Mayor Issues Warning to Police, Firefighters Who May Be Faking Injuries

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a warning to city police officers and firefighters who might be abusing a leave program that pays them 100% of their salaries, tax-free, while out with claimed injuries. “Watch out,” Garcetti said during a downtown news conference. “We’re going to make sure that we’re coming after you.” The mayor’s comments come a day after a Times investigation that found the city spent more than $328 million on salaries, medical bills and other expenses for […]

  • Former L.A. firefighter Raphael "The Noodle" Davis competed in mixed martial arts while on leave for a shoulder injury. He pleaded guilty to filing a false workers' comp claim and had to pay $30,000 in restitution.

    L.A. Pays Millions as Police and Firefighter Injury Claims Rise

    An injury-leave program for Los Angeles police and firefighters has cost taxpayers $328 million over the last five years, an L.A. Times investigation found. Total salaries paid to city public safety employees on leave increased more than 30% — to $42 million a year – from 2009 through 2013, the five-year period studied by The Times. The number who took leaves grew 8%, and they were out of work an average of nearly 9 weeks — a 23% increase compared […]

  • All flights in and out of Chicago-area airports were temporarily grounded on Sept. 26, 2014, following a fire at an air traffic control facility. (Credit: WGN)

    Chicago Man Sets Fire in Air Traffic Control Center After Sending Facebook Message: ‘I am about to take out’ FAA facility

    The man accused of setting a fire in an air traffic control center, causing the shutdown of operations at Chicago O’Hare International and nearby Midway Airport, sent a private Facebook message to a relative just before he started the blaze, the FBI says in an affidavit. “Take a hard look in the mirror, I have,” the message said, according to the affidavit. “And this is why I am about to take out ZAU [the three-letter identification for the control center] […]

  • Specialized Bike Used for Charity Ride Stolen Before Annual Event

    Recovering addict, Robin McGeough rode the unique bike each year to raise money for drug and alcohol treatment for his charity event, Run 4 Recovery. But weeks before this years event, someone stole the bike from his garage in Pasadena, McGeough said. The elliptical bicycle was specially designed to allow McGeough to complete the grueling 500 mile journey from San Francisco to Pasadena over a 10 day period. McGeough hoped the thief would have a change of heart and return […]

  • A 3-year-old boy and his father were wounded in a shooting in Highland on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, authorities said. (Credit: Newspro News)

    Man, 4-Year-Old Son in Hiding After Being Wounded in Highland Shooting, Relatives Say

    One day after being shot and wounded outside of a Highland home, a man and his 4-year-old son were in hiding due to fear that the assailants might return, family members said. The car-to-car shooting occurred about 5:36 p.m. Monday in the 7600 block of Bonnie Street (map), according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies were sent to the location and found the 28-year-old man and child suffering from gunshot wounds. An investigation indicated the two victims were […]

  • An elderly woman was seen being hit by a vehicle, which fled the seen. The city of Glendale released surveillance video of the incident.

    Driver Sought in Glendale Hit-and-Run That Left Elderly Woman Injured; Surveillance Video Released

    Glendale police have released surveillance video and were asking for the public’s help in identifying a driver who struck an 80-year-old pedestrian and then fled the scene, authorities said. The hit-and-run occurred shortly before 1 p.m. on Thursday at the intersection of Broadway and Columbus Avenue (map), according to a news release posted to the city of Glendale’s website. Lousine Ghazarian was crossing the street when a small, black sedan making a right turn struck the woman, causing her to […]

  • Owners Demand Answers After Bulldog Dies at Pet Store

    A local pet owner who brought her three bulldogs into a pet shop for grooming was shocked when they called hours later that one of them had died. Kareen Wynter reports for the KTLA 5 News at 11 on Sept. 19, 2014.

  • Ezell Ford is shown in a photo provided by his family. He was fatally shot by police on Aug. 11, 2014.

    Ezell Ford’s Family Files $75 Million Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against LAPD

    More than a month after Ezell Ford was fatally shot by officers, his family announced Wednesday that they have filed a $75 million wrongful death lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department. Ford, described in the lawsuit as being “mentally challenged,” was shot to death in South L.A. near 65th Street and Broadway on the evening of Aug. 11. The unarmed man was walking in the area when he was approached by two police officers who asked him to “lie […]