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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
  • A mariachi band plays in honor of Cesar Chavez on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Cesar Chavez Day: Labor Leader’s Legacy Honored in SoCal

    In honor of Cesar Chavez day, many observances were held in Southern California to continue the late labor leaders legacy Tuesday. Kareen Wynter reports from downtown Los Angeles for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on March 31, 2015.

  • Firefighters responded after a car and an Expo Line train collided near USC on Saturday, March 28, 2015. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

    Car Driver in Expo Line Crash Identified as USC Student, 21

    The driver of a car that collided Saturday morning with a Metro light-rail train near USC was identified by police as a 21-year-old student at the university. The driver, whose name was not being released, remained in grave condition early Sunday morning, said Sgt. Hendley Hawkins of the Los Angeles Police Department. Twenty other people were hurt in the crash, including the Expo Line train operator, who was critically injured. The operator, identified as Kenneth Gross, was at home Saturday night […]

  • Street racing led to a fiery crash in Beverly Crest on Saturday, March 28, 2015, police said. (Credit: RMG News)

    Street Racing Leads to Fiery Crash in Beverly Crest, Police Say

    Street racing led to a fiery crash late Friday night in the Beverly Crest neighborhood of Los Angeles, police said. Two vehicles were racing on Benedict Canyon Drive, near Clear View Drive, about 11:30 p.m. when the incident occurred, said  Sgt. Elizabeth Ellis of the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Division. One of the vehicles was occupied by three juveniles when the driver lost control and hit a tree, according to Ellis. The occupants exited the vehicle, which caught fire. They […]

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    Bowe Bergdahl, US Army Sergeant, Charged With Desertion, Misbehavior

    The U.S. military has charged Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with one count each of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, officials announced Wednesday afternoon. Bergdahl left his post in Afghanistan before being captured and held captive for five years. The decision comes nearly a year after Bergdahl returned to the United States as part of a prisoner exchange and since the Army began a formal investigation into his disappearance from his unit in eastern Afghanistan in June 2009. The Army […]

  • US actress and UNHCR ambassador Angelina Jolie stands during a visit to a camp for displaced Iraqis in Khanke on Jan. 25, 2015. (Credit: SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

    Angelina Jolie Removes Ovaries, Writes Op-Ed About Trying to Prevent Cancer

    Two years after she underwent a double mastectomy to cut her cancer risk, actress and U.S. envoy Angelina Jolie has had surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes for the same reason, she wrote in the New York Times Tuesday. Jolie, 39, carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which sharply increases her risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Her mother was diagnosed with the latter at age 49 and died seven years later. In her New […]

  • Jolina Cuaresma apologized to his parents that she couldn't save skateboarder Eric Pederson. (Credit: KTLA)

    Witness Recounts Heartbreaking Death of 20-Year-Old Skateboarder

    Describing the March 20 scene on Glendora Mountain Road, where she saw 20-year-old skateboarder Eric Pederson slam into a dump truck and die, witness Jolina Cuaresma apologized to his parents that she couldn’t save the UC Irvine student. Pederson was riding downhill Friday morning with two friends when investigators said he crossed the double yellow line and slammed into a dump truck driving uphill the opposite direction. The DC-based attorney and her brother were also driving uphill that day headed […]

  • Clabe Hartley sits in front the Cow's End on March 23, 2015, two days after a transient bit his finger off at the Venice cafe. (Credit: KTLA)

    Transient Who Bit Venice Cafe Owner’s Fingertip Off ID’d by LAPD

    A 31-year-old transient who bit a Venice cafe owner’s finger off in front of the restaurant was identified Monday, when business owners planned to meet to discuss security in the beachside community. Jonhthan Lemmons was being held on a little over $1 million bail at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles, county inmate records showed. Lemmons was arrested on suspicion of aggravated mayhem after a Saturday morning attack in front of the Cow’s End, a longtime Venice […]

  • Millionaire murder defendant Robert Durst (C) sits in State District Judge Susan Criss court with his attorney Dick DeGuerin (R) November 10, 2003 at the Galveston County Courthouse in Galveston, Texas. (Credit: Getty Images)

    Robert Durst Held Without Bail, Is a Flight Risk: New Orleans Judge

    A Louisiana judge ruled Monday that Robert Durst, the millionaire real estate heir charged with first-degree murder, will be held without bail. When FBI agents arrested Durst last week at a New Orleans hotel, according to court documents, he had a loaded .38-caliber revolver, 5 ounces of marijuana, his passport and birth certificate, a neck-to-head latex mask with salt-and-pepper hair attached and more than $40,000 cash, mostly in $100 bills. Dick DeGuerin, a Texas attorney who was cleared last week […]

  • A skateboarder was killed in a crash on Glendora Mountain Road on March 20, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Skateboarder, 21, Killed in Collision With Truck on San Gabriel Mountain Roadway

    A 21-year-old male skateboarder was killed when he collided with a dump truck on a curving mountain road in the Angeles National Forest north of San Dimas on Friday, authorities said. First responders were dispatched to a report of a vehicle collision with a pedestrian at Glendora Mountain Road and East Fork Road (map) about 10 a.m., Randall Wright of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. The man was pronounced dead on arrival, at about 10:40 a.m. The victim was described only […]