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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
  • Mayor Daniel Crespo appears in an undated photo posted on the city of Bell Gardens' website. He was shot to death by his wife on Sept. 30, 2014.

    Autopsy Report on Wife’s Fatal Shooting Daniel Crespo Describes Domestic Abuse

    Citing a newly released autopsy report, an attorney for Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo, who was fatally shot by his wife in a domestic dispute in September, called Friday for Levette Crespo to be prosecuted on a murder charge. Attorney James Devitt said the report showed that his 42-year-old client’s killing was calculated and was not a case of self-defense. “The bottom line is, she tried to kill him. The autopsy report says homicide,” Devitt said. “There’s just no way around it.” […]

  • Candles, flowers and stuffed animals were left on a corner in Redondo Beach Dec. 18, 2014, a day after a fatal crash at the site. (Credit: KTLA)

    Victims Remembered at Site of Deadly Crash Outside Redondo Beach Church

    Flowers and candles were placed Thursday night at the intersection in Redondo Beach where an alleged DUI driver plowed into families who had just attended a school Christmas program, killing three women and leaving nine others injured, including five children. Margo Bronstein of Redondo Beach was arrested on suspicion of felony vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, police said Thursday. The 56-year-old was jailed after being treated at a local hospital for minor injuries. The deadly collision occurred about 8 p.m. Wednesday when […]

  • President Barack Obama talks with President Raúl Castro of Cuba from the Oval Office, Dec. 16, 2014. (Credit: Pete Souza/White House)

    President Obama Announces Historic Overhaul of Relations With Cuba After American Prisoner Freed

    A political standoff that spanned five decades and 10 presidents began to crumble Wednesday with President Barack Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba. The announcement was the product of a year of clandestine back-channelling between the U.S. and Cuba, facilitated by the Canadians and the Vatican and with personal involvement from the Pope. “Today, America chooses to cut loose the shackles of the past, so as to reach for a better future for the Cuban people, for the American […]

  • The area of Andreo Avenue and 220th Street was flooded Dec. 16, 2014, amid a rainstorm. (Credit: TheStoryOfAKat/Twitter)

    Flash-Flood Warning Issued for Parts of L.A. County as Storm Pelts Region

    Two storms hit Southern California Tuesday, bringing more rain to the already drenched region and prompting a flash-flood warning in south-central Los Angeles County and reports of major flooding in Torrance. Just days after a powerful storm brought heavy rain, strong winds, mudslides, flooding and even a tornado to the area, the National Weather Service had forecast another pair of storms to soak the southland for an extended period. The weaker storm system moved into Ventura and Los Angeles counties […]

  • A statue of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was stolen from an entrance to Rolling Hills Estates.

    Statue of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Stolen From Rolling Hills Estates

    A beloved hand-crafted statue of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was stolen from atop a city sign in the South Bay`s Rolling Hills Estates. Anyone with information is asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Lomita station at 310-539-1661. Kareen Wynter reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.

  • A woman was killed in the Mar Vista post office parking lot after being struck by an SUV on Dec. 15, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman Fatally Struck by 91-Year-Old Driver of SUV in Mar Vista Post Office Parking Lot

    A 74-year-old woman was killed and her husband injured when they were stuck by an SUV in the parking lot of a post office in Mar Vista on Monday morning. The crash occurred at 3826 Grand View Blvd. (map) about 10 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Brian Humphrey. The 91-year-old solo female driver backed up from a parking space and hit the married couple, running over the wife, according to Detective Gilbert Esquivel with the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Valley […]

  • Debris sails through the air in a still from video taken during a South L.A. tornado on Dec. 12, 2014. (Credit: Jamie Mena)

    Rare Tornado Pounds South Los Angeles Neighborhood With Damaging Winds

    A small, rare tornado raged through a South Los Angeles neighborhood Friday morning, launching wood and trash into the air amid a rainstorm that pelted Southern California. The unusual event occurred about 9:20 a.m. near the intersection of Gage and Vermont avenues (map) in the Vermont-Slauson area. The National Weather Service confirmed late Friday afternoon that the high winds were indeed a “small EF0 tornado.” Such tornadoes have wind speeds of 65 to 85 mph, the weather service said. The tornado caused damage […]

  • Southern California was hit by a powerful storm on Dec. 12, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Powerful Storm Brings Dangerous Weather Conditions to SoCal

    Mandatory evacuations were ordered and a portion of Pacific Coast Highway was closed early Friday as a powerful storm slamming Southern California brought heavy rain and strong winds to the region, triggering mudslides and flooding, and leaving tens of thousands of residents without power. At least eight homes were significantly damaged in the storm, while a second-story balcony completely collapsed from a structure in Long Beach. Multiple vehicles were also damaged as intense downpours and gusty winds toppled trees throughout […]

  • Employees from the Tommy Hilfiger West Hollywood clothing store make their way through the early morning rain after having their Christmas portrait made at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles on Nov. 30, 2014. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

    Mandatory Evacuations Underway as Powerful Storm Moves Into SoCal Bringing Threat of Heavy Rain, High Surf, Strong Winds

    A powerful storm that battered Oregon and the San Francisco Bay area earlier in the day began moving into Southern California Thursday night. The storm was expected to bring heavy rainfall, damaging winds, towering waves, dangerous lightning and possible flash flooding. The storm threat prompted both mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders in multiple areas, where residents in burn areas spent the day stacking sandbags in hope of minimizing flood and mud damage. Forecasters predicted the “strong storm” could dump up […]