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
  • Jordan Peisner remains at Children's Hospital Los Angeles on Dec. 6, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    West Hills Teen Hospitalized With Fractured Skull After Being Sucker Punched Near School

    A 14-year-old boy was hospitalized after being sucker punched near his San Fernando Valley high school last week. Jordan Peisner, of West Hills, was leaving a fast food restaurant Dec. 2 when someone went up to him from behind and punched him. “That’s all I remember,” Jordan said from his hospital bed Tuesday. “I asked myself why, because this kid’s in middle school, I’m in high school, I don’t even know him,” the teen said. The incident was captured on […]

  • A makeshift memorial of flowers and candles stands Dec. 4 near the site of the Oakland warehouse fire. (Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

    Teen Choir Singer, Elementary School Teacher, Musicians Identified Among Those Killed in Oakland Fire

    A budding musician. A truck-lover and bowling alley denizen. A singer whose adoring fans called him Nex Luguolo. A 17-year-old choir singer. These are among the 36 people who lost their lives Friday night in a fire at an Oakland, California, warehouse where an electronic dance party was being held. It is already being called one of the city’s deadliest blazes. Authorities said they have positively or tentatively identified 33 victims, but not all their names have been released. Here’s […]

  • Bosco Tjan is shown in a USC faculty photo. (Credit: University of Southern California)

    USC Professor Fatally Stabbed on Campus Identified

    A University of Southern California professor was killed on campus Friday evening after being stabbed by a student, authorities said. Bosco Tjan, a professor of psychology, was identified as the victim, according to a memo from USC’s president. Los Angeles officers received a call of a stabbing with a deadly weapon around 4:34 p.m. in the Seeley G. Mudd building in the 3600 block of McClintock Avenue. USC Public Safety officers apprehended the student shortly after the attack, USC officials said. Tjan was pronounced dead […]

  • Rescue crews respond to a deadly crash in South Los Angeles on Dec. 1, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Boy, 5, Killed When Suspected DUI Driver Crashes Into South L.A. Apartment; Police Seek Other Driver Who Cut Off Suspect

    A 5-year-old boy was killed when a suspected DUI driver crashed through the side of an apartment building where he was sleeping early Thursday morning in the Historic South Central neighborhood of Los Angeles. Police are hoping to speak to another driver who may have cut off the suspect leading up to the crash. The crash occurred in the 2800 block of South Central Avenue about 12:17 a.m. Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Nate Williams said. The driver of a […]

  • A tree root is seen under a damaged sidewalk in Silver Lake on Nov. 30, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    L.A. City Council Approves Sidewalk Repair Project

    The Los Angeles City Council gave final approval Wednesday to “Safe Sidewalks LA,” a long-range plan to fix the city’s buckling walkways. The program, initially backed by the council in March, seeks to shift responsibility from the city to property owners for the care of L.A.’s sidewalks. While state law dictates that adjacent property owners are responsible for sidewalk repairs, Los Angeles’ policy is to fix sidewalks damaged by street trees. The city has not followed through, however, angering residents […]

  • Trucks enter the gates of Southern California Gas Company property where Aliso Canyon Storage Field is located on Dec. 22, 2015. (Credit: DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images)

    SoCal Gas Reaches Settlement Over Aliso Canyon Leak

    A settlement is finalized between Los Angeles County and Southern California Gas Co. pertaining to the Aliso Canyon leak. Kareen Wynter reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Nov. 29, 2016.  

  • Stephen Woolery of the FBI speaks at an L.A. news conference Nov. 28, 2016, on threatening letters sent to mosques. (Credit: KTLA)

    LAPD, FBI Address Threatening Letters Sent to California Mosques

    Los Angeles city and county law enforcement, along with the FBI and Muslim community leaders on Monday condemned a vitriolic letter that was sent to multiple California mosques. The author addressed the letter “to the children of Satan” and called Muslims “a vile and filthy people.” “There’s a new sheriff in town,” the letter said, “President Donald Trump.” At a midday news conference, representatives of the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI urged anyone who […]

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    Black Friday: Post-Thanksgiving Shoppers Flock to Malls Looking to Score Deals

    Black Friday is here, and bargain-seeking holiday shoppers are out in force. The annual retail mega event began in many stores on Thanksgiving evening and will continue into the weekend. Target, which put its Black Friday deals online Wednesday, said it sold 3,200 televisions a minute during the first hour that doors were open. The retailer was offering a 50-inch Hisense 4K TV for $249.99. The deals didn’t last long at some stores. A Target in McAllen, Texas, quickly sold […]

  • Three men were found shot to death in a park outbuilding in Compton on Nov. 22, 2016, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. (Credit: KTLA)

    3 Men Found Shot to Death Inside Compton Park Shed: Sheriff

    A triple homicide investigation is underway in Compton Wednesday after three men were found shot to death inside a park maintenance shack the night before, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The shooting took place at Raymond Street Park, located in the 500 block of Raymond Street, sometime between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., Sheriff Jim McDonnell told KTLA in an interview near the crime scene on Wednesday morning. Compton Sheriff Station deputies responded to the scene about […]