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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
  • Dominique Lambert takes a picture with a group of characters on Hollywood Blvd. while on vacation from Manchester, England. (Credit: Dillon Deaton/ Los Angeles Times)

    L.A. City Council to Consider Crackdown on Hollywood Street Performers, Requirement for Daily Pass

    The hectic heart of Hollywood Boulevard has long been a mecca for an eclectic cast of street performers and hustlers: knock-off superheroes mugging for photos, break dancers wowing the crowds, aspiring musicians hawking CDs to throngs of passing tourists. But police complain that the colorful antics on an especially busy stretch of the Walk of Fame have sometimes become a menace, clogging up the starry sidewalks outside its iconic theaters and pushing pedestrians into the street. At a City Hall […]

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    Residents Try Their Chances for $390 Million Mega Millions Jackpot

    Tuesday’s estimated $390 million Mega Millions jackpot is tied for the fourth largest prize of all time, and local residents are hoping their numbers will bring in the money. Kareen Wynter reports from Hawthorne for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on June 28, 2016. The winning numbers from Tuesday drawing are 15, 17, 20, 35, 55 and the mega number is 7.

  • Paul Tanaka, once one of the most powerful law enforcement officials in Los Angeles County, was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison for interfering with an FBI investigation into jail abuses by sheriff’s deputies. (Credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

    Paul Tanaka, Former L.A. County Undersheriff, Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Obstructing FBI Probe

    Paul Tanaka, once one of the most powerful law enforcement officials in Los Angeles County, was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison for interfering with an FBI investigation into jail abuses by sheriff’s deputies. In announcing the sentence, U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson rejected Tanaka’s defense arguments that the former L.A. County undersheriff was unfairly scapegoated and knew little of what was unfolding around him. “Not only did he fail to identify and address problems in the jails, […]

  • An ignition interlock device is demonstrated at a MADD media event in L.A. on June 24, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    MADD, Supporters Urge Ignition-Lock Requirement for Drunken Drivers in California

    Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other supporters of a California bill that would required ignition interlocks for convicted drunken drivers gathered at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center Friday to urge passage of the bill. Senate Bill 1046 would expand the ignition lock pilot program in Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Tulare counties to a statement requirement. It was unanimously passed by the state Senate on May 31, and is pending hearings by Assembly committees. Kareen Wynter reports for the KTLA 5 News […]

  • Pro-immigration activists gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on April 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Supreme Court’s Split Blocks Obama Immigration Plan From Going Into Effect

    In a crushing blow to the White House, the Supreme Court announced Thursday it was evenly divided in a case concerning President Barack Obama’s controversial executive actions on immigration. The one-sentence ruling, issued without comment or dissent, means that the programs will remain blocked from going into effect, and the issue will return to the lower court. It is exceedingly unlikely the programs will go into effect for the remainder of the Obama presidency. Obama, speaking at the White House, […]

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    Family of Teen Struck by 2 Hit-and-Run Drivers in Ventura Files Wrongful Death Suit

    The family of a 14-year-old boy who was found dead in the street after being struck by two hit-and-run drivers in February announced a wrongful death lawsuit Wednesday against one of the drivers, as well as the city and county of Ventura. Jonathan Hernandez was riding his bike near the intersection of Telegraph Road and Saticoy Avenue in Ventura just after midnight on Feb. 19 when he was struck by a tow truck being driven by Martin Henderson, the Ventura […]

  • Extreme heat was expected to hit Southern California just in time for the official start of summer on June 20, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Record-Breaking Heat Tops 120 Degrees in Parts of Southern California

    Widespread triple-digit temperatures were recorded across Southern California Monday as a sweltering heat wave that already shattered records was expected to peak, forecasters said. In anticipation of scorching temperatures across the southern part of the state, the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for inland, desert and mountain areas, while a heat advisory went into effect for the coastal areas. The extreme heat has the potential to break records, with temperatures running about 10 to 20 degrees above […]

  • In this file photo, the sun shines over towers carrying electrical lines August 30, 2007, in South San Francisco. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Sweltering Temperatures Trigger First Flex-Alert of 2016

    Sweltering temperatures across Southern California prompted calls Monday for electricity customers to reduce their energy use to help reduce strain on a system already weakened by the absence of the troubled Aliso Canyon natural gas storage plant. Utility companies urged their residential customers to voluntarily delay washing clothes and dishes until bedtime and to keep their thermostats at 78 degrees or higher. In addition, the power companies asked business customers to voluntarily suspend unnecessary daytime operations such as production line […]

  • Local and state officials gathered on June 17, 2016 to discuss "Safe and Equal" campaign for more stringent gun safety laws. (Credit: KTLA)

    Local, State Leaders Announce New Initiatives to End Gun Violence

    Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBT civil rights organization, joined local and state elected officials in unveiling the “Safe and Equal” campaign for more stringent gun safety laws to help stop mass shootings like the Orlando massacre. Kareen Wynter reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on June 17, 2016.