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
  • The suspected gunman in a fatal police shooting is taken away in an ambulance on Feb. 20, 2017. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    Man Who Fatally Shot Whittier Police Officer Is Suspected in Another Killing in East L.A. Hours Earlier: LASD

    One Whittier police officer has died and another officer was wounded following a Monday morning shootout with a recently paroled “known gang member” who is suspected of the fatal shooting of another man hours earlier, authorities said. The police shooting, which also left the suspect injured, occurred around 8:30 a.m. in the area of Colima Road and Mar Vista Street in Whittier, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. The officer killed was identified Monday afternoon as Keith Boyer, a veteran […]

  • Rain falls in the Santa Clarita area on Feb. 17, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Heavy Rain Forces Closures of Several Santa Clarita-Area Roads

    With a flood advisory and high wind warnings in effect, those who live near the Sand Fire burn area were preparing Friday for increasing rain. Continued heavy rainfall throughout the day also forced the closure of Sand Canyon Road at Iron Canyon Road. The swollen creek reached the bridge at that location, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Soledad Canyon Road between Agua Dulce Canyon Road to Crown Valley Road is also closed, officials said. Several roads in […]

  • A woman holding an umbrella walks through Downtown L.A. amid a rainstorm in December 2016. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

    ‘Shaping Up to Be Nasty’: Storm Barreling Toward SoCal Likely Strongest to Hit Region in Years, Forecasters Says

    A “dangerous” storm that could be the strongest to hit the area in years is forecast to move through Southern California from Friday into Saturday, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and the potential for flash flooding and mudslides, according to the National Weather Service. With moderate to heavy rain expected for prolonged periods of time, some areas could be looking at record-setting rainfall totals on Friday, the weather service tweeted. As much as 6 inches of rain is expected in coastal […]

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    Watts Community Fight to Keep 3 Brothers Together After Court Order Threatens to Send Them to Separate Foster Homes

    Watts residents are rallying behind three young brothers, all under 11-years-old, who are in danger of being sent to separate foster homes following a court order. Family and friends have set up a GoFundMe page to support the brothers’ fight. Kareen Wynter reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Feb. 9, 2017.

  • Water pours from the spillway at Devil's Gate Reservoir near the 210 freeway February 21, 2005 in Pasadena.(Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

    Judge Issues Tentative Ruling in Devil’s Gate Dam Project

    Update: A judge issued a tentative decision Monday regarding an upcoming excavation project in Pasadena. The fate of the Devil’s Gate dam project will be determined pending clearance of an environmental mitigation plan that will be submitted at a hearing in late March.

  • Pablo Diaz is seen in cellphone video posted on Facebook on Feb. 12, 2017.

    Confrontational Video Leads to Arrest of Westminster 7-Eleven Clerk Who Was Allegedly Recording Woman in Restroom

    A 7-Eleven clerk in Westminster was arrested after a woman confronted him for allegedly filming her friend while the friend was in the restroom, and the confrontation was caught on camera. The incident occurred Sunday at the convenience store along Newland Street. In the video, the victim’s confronts the suspect, identified by the 7-Eleven franchise owners as Pablo Diaz, and accuses him of filming the victim. Diaz denied any wrongdoing at first. “You set up a phone in there to […]

  • Fullerton police released surveillance video related to a fatal stabbing in May 2016.

    Police Release Surveillance Video Amid Search for Person Who Killed Teen in Fullerton Parking Lot

    Fullerton police on Monday released surveillance video of a parking lot stabbing that left a 19-year-old man dead last year as the department continues a monthslong search for the assailant. The homicide occurred early May 28 in the 1400 block of Manhattan Avenue, according to a Fullerton Police Department news release. At the time, investigators described the incident where the stabbing took place as an illegal street race, the Orange County Register reported back in May. Up to 100 people may have […]

  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released a photo on Feb. 10, 2017, of its officers arresting an unidentified foreign national the day before.

    More Than 160 People Arrested in L.A.-Area Immigration Operation This Week: Federal Officials

    After previously referring to reports of 100 undocumented immigrants being detained for deportation as “grossly exaggerated,” U.S. Immigration and Customs officials on Friday confirmed the agency had arrested more than 160 individuals during targeted raids in Southern California over the previous five days. The enforcement surge that began Monday was aimed at “at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, and immigration fugitives,” ICE spokesperson Virginia Kice said in a statement. About 150 of those taken into custody had criminal histories, she said, […]

  • Protesters converge on the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles during a rally against immigration arrests on Feb. 9, 2017. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles TImes)

    L.A.-Area Immigration Arrests Spark Fear and Anger, But Federal Officials Say They Are Routine

    Arrests made by federal immigration officials in Southern California this week have heightened anxiety about a promised crackdown by President Trump on people in this country illegally. The arrests sparked a protest in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday evening, with immigration advocates claiming that about 100 people had been taken into custody. But immigration officials disputed those numbers and said the arrests were part of routine activities, not tied to any new crackdown. The situation highlighted fear among many immigrants […]