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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
  • 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 […]

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    Release of Report on Pasadena Police Shooting of Kendrec McDade Blocked by Judge

    A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday again blocked the release of a city consultant’s report detailing the fatal 2012 police shooting of unarmed Pasadena teen Kendrec McDade, a document that has been sought by his family and activists. The ruling marks the second time the city’s police union has successfully stopped the release of a redacted version of the report, which was compiled by an independent consultant hired by Pasadena. In granting the union’s request for a temporary restraining order, a Los […]

  • The 15-acre USC Village will be built in the architectural style of much of the main campus. (Credit: USC)

    USC Breaks Ground on USC Village, $650 Million Housing, Retail Complex

    USC on Monday is to unveil the final and somewhat altered design of the biggest construction project in the university’s history: a $650-million housing and retail complex just north of the main campus. Replacing a now-demolished shopping center along Jefferson Boulevard and Hoover Street, the new USC Village is to include living space for 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in five-story residence halls, a large grocery store, a drugstore, a fitness center, restaurants and other shops. The design, all in […]

  • Missing USC medical student Derek Seehausen may have been spotted on a Metro bus, investigators and his mother said at a news conference on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2014.

    Missing USC Student Possibly Spotted on Metro Bus

    A missing USC student may have been spotted last week on a Metro bus, investigators said Friday. Kareen Wynter reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.

  • A female bear and her cub were uneasy about leaving a Monrovia neighborhood they wandered into due to a crown of spectators, authorities said on Sept. 10, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Mama Bear, Cub Spotted in Monrovia Neighborhood, Bringing Crowds

    A mama bear and her cub on Wednesday wandered into a Monrovia neighborhood, where they snacked on avocados and spent hours in a tree as residents looked on. Jon Gonzalez was at his girlfriend’s house in the 200 block of East Olive Avenue (map) when he saw the the bears walking around in the backyard. “The don’t usually come down this far” from the nearby Angeles National Forest, Gonzalez said. “It’s amazing. They do look thirsty and hungry. With this heat, […]

  • Ten states have contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for help investigating clusters of Enterovirus that's being blamed for the illness. (Credit: CNN)

    Enterovirus Cases Investigated in 12 States

    Respiratory illnesses caused by an enterovirus are sending hundreds of children to hospitals throughout the Midwest and Southeast, health officials say. Twelve states are reporting clusters of enterovirus illness: Alabama, Colorado, Michigan, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Utah. Four of those states — Colorado, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa — have confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68, also known as EV-D68. Enteroviruses, which can cause a variety of symptoms, aren’t unusual. If you’ve ever had a bad summer […]

  • Flames charred a portion of the closed Colossus on Sept. 8, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Magic Mountain’s Colossus Roller Coaster Catches Fire; Peak Collapses

    Firefighters responded to a blaze that damaged the iconic Colossus roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain Monday afternoon, a little over three weeks after the ride closed for renovation. The Los Angeles County Fire Department was called to the scene at the amusement park in Santa Clarita just after 1:30 p.m., fire Inspector Scott Miller said. Photos posted to Twitter showed a column of smoke appearing to rise from a high point on the ride. When Sky5 arrived, an […]

  • Water is seen swirling from beneath a collapsed road in Encino on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Water Main Break Leaves Pool of Water Swirling Beneath Street in Encino

    Water gushed and swirled beneath a collapsed street in an affluent area of Encino after an underground pipe broke Monday morning, leaving dozens without water service. Two homes had to be evacuated and about 100 people were affected by the water main break, which was reported at about 9:40 a.m. in the 17900 block of Karen Drive (map), according to Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power crews were sent to the scene to shut water off to the […]