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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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    LAPD’s Mission Division to Be Outfitted With Department’s 1st Body Cameras

    After nearly two years of fundraising, testing and negotiating policy, body cameras will be outfitted on Los Angeles police officers starting Monday morning. Officers working the LAPD’s Mission Division, which covers San Fernando Valley communities including Sylmar and Panorama City, will be the first to get their cameras, Chief Information Officer Maggie Goodrich told member of the Police Commission last week. Officers assigned to South L.A.’s Newton Division will start using the cameras in mid-September, followed by those working specialized […]

  • Authorities Raid Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation in Sun Valley Warehouse

    Homeland Security agents seized a half million dollars worth of pot from a medical marijuana dispensary in Sun Valley on Thursday that investigators said was a front for an illegal grow operation. Ellina Abovian reports from Sun Valley for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. More video:

  • Justin Covarrubias uses the ReWalk Personal System in Northridge on Aug. 27, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Paralyzed Teen Walks for 1st Time in Nearly a Year Thanks to Robotic Exoskeleton

    High school senior Justin Covarrubias was able to walk Thursday for the first time since being paralyzed last year in a motocross incident. With the help of a new device, the ReWalk Personal System, Justin walked down the hallways of Dignity Health Northridge Hospital. Kareen Wynter reports for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on Aug. 27, 2015.

  • A treehouse in front a Rossmoor home, shown on Aug. 26, 2015, is the subject of code enforcement concerns. (Credit: KTLA)

    Rossmoor Family Fights to Save Treehouse Built to Honor Father Who Died in 2013

    A treehouse built in memory of a Rossmoor father who died in a 2013 surfing accident may have to be torn down after Orange County code enforcement told Dr. Joni Doherty and her two children that the beloved Rowena Drive landmark wasn’t properly permitted or up to code “It just crushed me … just hearing I may have to take it down,” Doherty said. Doherty told KTLA she paid $16,000 for the construction of a cabin-like atmosphere that she and her […]

  • Pablo Pinto Mata was identified Aug. 25, 2015, as the suspect in the killing of Maria Delrefugio Chavez, who disappeared in 2009. (Credit: LASD)

    Suspect in Killing of Woman Found Buried in Valinda Yard Is Fugitive Santeria Priest Accused of Rape

    The human remains found buried in the backyard of a Valinda home were identified Tuesday as those of an El Monte woman who has been missing for more than six years, and a Santeria priest also accused of raping a teenage girl was named as the suspect in her killing. The recovery of Maria Delrefugio Chavez’s remains began Aug. 6, after investigators received a tip about the location of her body. Chavez was found buried next to a home in the 700 block of […]

  • Family members released video shot by a neighbor showibg the fatal deputy-involved shooting of a 31-year-old Lakewood man.

    Family Says New Video Disputes Sheriff’s Claims in Fatal Deputy Involved Shooting of Lakewood Man

    In the chaotic last moments of John Berry’s life, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to pull him from his car and shot him with a Taser as a woman screamed at them to stop. Then came the gunfire that sprayed the windshield of his BMW. Minutes later, the 31-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene — the curb just outside his Lakewood home. The July 6 encounter was captured on a shaky, three-minute cellphone video that attorneys for Berry’s […]

  • A SWAT team responds in South Gate on Aug. 24, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Surrenders After Barricading Himself at South Gate Home, Firing on Officers

    A suspected carjacker accused of firing up to 10 shots at officers responding to a South Gate home where he was barricaded surrendered without incident several hours after a SWAT team response on Monday. The standoff began at a home in the 10600 block of Capistrano Avenue (map), about 10:20 a.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release. A loud explosion was heard from the home before the man was taken into custody shortly before 3 p.m. A crisis negotiation […]

  • ((PERMISSION UNKNOWN)) A kayak is seen after a fisherman says he was attacked by a shark in Santa Barbara County in August 2015.

    Kayaker Claims Great White Shark Attacked Him Off Santa Barbara County Coast

    A kayaker on Thursday described being attacked by what he thought was a great white shark off Gaviota Beach in Santa Barbara. Kareen Wynter reports from Santa Barbara for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Aug. 20, 2015. A fisherman was attacked by a great white shark while kayaking off Gaviota Beach in Santa Barbara County, he told KTLA Thursday. Mark Mester reports from the newsroom for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015.

  • N.C. Wyeth paintings are displayed during a news conference on Aug. 18, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Reward Offered for 2 Stolen N.C. Wyeth Paintings After 4 Others Turn Up in Beverly Hills Pawn Shop

    The FBI offered a reward of as much as $20,000 on Tuesday for help finding the last two of six valuable paintings by the New England artist N.C. Wyeth that were stolen from a private art collector in Portland, Maine, in 2013. Federal agents recovered the four other stolen paintings from a luxury Beverly Hills pawnshop in December after the works were driven to Southern California in an effort to find a buyer, authorities said. Investigators believe the remaining paintings […]