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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.

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    Federal Agencies Issue Terror Warning for Fourth of July Weekend

    The recent terror warning issued by U.S. federal agencies for potential threats over the Fourth of July weekend has law enforcement in Southern California on high alert. Kareen Wynter reports from downtown L.A. for the KTLA 5 News at 1 p.m.

  • City officials warned of the dangers of illegal fireworks on July 1, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    L.A. City Officials Warn of Dangers Associated With Illegal Fireworks

    With the Fourth of July holiday just days away, city officials were reminding residents on Wednesday about fireworks rules and safety. Kareen Wynter reports from El Monte for the KTLA 5 News at 6 p.m. on July 1, 2015. More Video;

  • Authorities released composite sketches of men being sought in connection with incidents on June 25, 2015, left, and June 22, 2015, right.  (Credit: CSUN Police Department)

    Police Release Composite Sketches of Peeping Toms Sought in Cal State Northridge Incidents

    Police at Cal State Northridge have released composites sketches of two men who allegedly harassed female victims in separate incidents at the university. Two victims were sitting at a table at the Arbor Grill, an on-campus convenience store, about 2:30 a.m. Thursday when one of them noticed a man lying on a bench and pointing a cellphone toward them, according to a news release from the CSUN Department of Police Services. One victim told investigators that she saw the man move to different […]

  • A mangled bike remains on the scene of a fatal hit-and-run crash in Highland Park on June 26, 2015, as LAPD investigators walk by. (Credit: KTLA)

    Driver in Highland Park Hit-and-Run Crash That Killed Cyclist Was Drunk at Time of Arrest: LAPD

    The 21-year-old alleged hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a bicyclist in Highland Park early Friday morning was still drunk and had windshield debris in his hair when he was arrested hours later, according to LAPD. The collision occurred just after 3 a.m. when two bicyclists were crossing in a marked crosswalk near North Figueroa Street and Marmion Way (map), Los Angeles Police Department officials said. Witnesses told officials the vehicle was traveling around 80 mph when it struck one of the […]

  • Stormwater gushes into the L.A. River; Los Angeles collects an average of 27,000 acre-feet of rainwater each year, and efforts are underway to greatly increase that amount. (Credit: Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times)

    New LADWP Plan Looks to Capture Storm Runoff Amid SoCal’s 4-Year Drought

    It may not rain much in Los Angeles County, but when it does, a single storm can send up to 10 billion gallons of water surging into a vast network of storm channels with a single destination: the Pacific Ocean. For decades, environmental activists such as Andy Lipkis have argued that this ritual flushing of stormwater was a form of profligacy Los Angeles could ill afford. That water could be captured before it picked up ground contaminants and used for […]

  • A close-up photograph of an MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine vial with a syringe in background. (Credit: Wes Little/CNN)

    California Assembly Approves Bill Eliminating ‘Personal Belief,’ Religious Exemptions for School Vaccines

    The California Assembly passed a proposal that would outlaw a family’s personal and religious beliefs as reasons to exempt their children from required school vaccinations. The controversial proposal now returns to the Senate, which must approve amendments for SB 277 to advance the legislation to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature. The Senate passed the initial bill in May. The measure, arising partly from concerns over this year’s measles outbreak linked to Disneyland, would allow medical exemptions deemed appropriate by the […]

  • A photo posted June 22, 2015, by the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area shows an unmarked kitten of P-39 who is about 7 months old.

    New Photos From Santa Susana Mountains Show Mountain Lion P-39 With at Least 2 Kittens

    Remote cameras recently captured more than 1,000 photos of an adult female mountain lion and her young daughter feasting on a deer carcass in the Santa Susana Mountains. The images, which show sights not unusual to wildlife biologists with the National Park Service, did contain a surprise: cougar P-39 appeared to have at least one extra kitten with her. “Pretty cool to see this family feast,” said Kate Kuykendall of the Santa Monica Mountain National Recreation Area in a Facebook […]

  • The Confederate battle flag flies at a Confederate war memorial on the grounds of Alabama state capitol in Montgomery on February 26, 2009. (Credit: Wes Little/CNN)

    Wal-Mart, Amazon, Sears, eBay to Stop Selling Confederate Flag Merchandise

    America’s leading merchants have spoken: The Confederate flag is coming off the shelves. Walmart, Amazon, eBay and Sears all announced bans on the sale of Confederate flag merchandise, amid an intensifying national debate over the use of the controversial flag. The announcements are the latest indication that the flag, a symbol of the slave-holding South, has become toxic in the aftermath of a shooting last week at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. Gov. Nikki Haley announced in […]

  • L.A. firefighters were responding to a vehicle crash into a Chipotle in Mid-City on June 19, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Mercedes-Benz Sedan Crashes Into Chipotle Restaurant in Mid-City; 8 Hospitalized

    Eight people were hospitalized Friday after a car crashed into a Chipotle restaurant during lunchtime in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles. The collision was reported at 1:51 p.m. at 4550 W. Pico Blvd., according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The vehicle hit the storefront “horizontally and did not penetrate into restaurant,” Stewart said. Aerial video from Sky5 showed a black Mercedes-Benz sedan in front of the restaurant, with first responders working in the parking lot. A […]