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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
  • Cleanup efforts were underway in the South Bay on May 27, 2015, after globs of tar washed up on area beaches. (Credit: KTLA)

    Cleanup Efforts Underway After Globs of Tar Wash Ashore in the South Bay, Force Beach Closures

    Cleanup efforts continued Thursday morning along a 9-mile stretch of coastline in the South Bay, where mysterious globs of tar washed ashore and prompted the closure of multiple beaches. Local, state, and federal officials were working to identify the substance and its source. The petroleum-like material was first spotted in waters off Manhattan Beach by lifeguards about 10 a.m. Wednesday, and it reached land about two hours later, the Los Angeles Times reported. The investigation and cleanup operation stretched from the Redondo Beach-Torrance […]

  • Dennis Sheehan is seen in an image posted to U2's website.

    U2 Confirms Death of Longtime Tour Manager Dennis Sheehan

    U2’s tour manager, Dennis Sheehan, died overnight as the group was in the midst of a series of concerts in Los Angeles, the band confirmed on their website Wednesday. “With profound sadness we confirm that Dennis Sheehan, U2’s longstanding tour manager and dear friend to us all, has passed away overnight. Our heartfelt sympathy is with his wonderful family,” promoter Arthur Fogel stated on the band’s website. U2 played the first of five scheduled concerts at the Forum in Inglewood Tuesday night. […]

  • Redwoods showed the negative impacts of the state's drought in May 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    California Drought Impacts Inland, Coastal-Area Redwoods

    The state’s drought has begun impacting redwoods planted inland and along the California coast. Kareen Wynter reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

  • Christian Jacobs, 4, remembers his father Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, who served several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan before dying in a training accident. (Credit: CNN)

    Events Across Southern California Salute Fallen Veterans on Memorial Day

    In parks, cemeteries and city streets across Southern California, dozens of events Monday will commemorate Memorial Day, which pays tribute to men and women who died while in military service. Kicking off the day is the Walk for Warriors 5K race, which begins at 8 a.m. at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus. Photos: Los Angeles marks Memorial Day Starting at 9 a.m., radio host Dennis Prager will broadcast from the Battleship Iowa in San Pedro as part of the […]

  • A member of a wildlife response organization walks past an oil-covered rock as he looks for wildlife impacted by an oil spill along the beach near El Capitan State Beach, on May 21, 2015. (Credit: U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer David Mosley)

    Refugio Oil Spill: Company Ordered to Suspend Operation of Pipeline That Ruptured

    Authorities intensified their response Friday to this week’s Santa Barbara oil spill by announcing remedies and additional investigations. Meanwhile, environmentalists declared the up to 105,000-gallon spill “a wake-up call” about additional oil development and the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels. The federal government ordered the firm, Plains All American Pipeline, to suspend operations and make safety improvements on the ruptured pipe, according to a corrective action order issued Friday by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Meanwhile, the California attorney general’s […]

  • A rescue team at SeaWorld was caring for an oiled sea lion affected by the spill in Santa Barbara. (Credit: SeaWorld San Diego)

    Oil Cleanup Ramps Up at Refugio State Beach As Questions Arise About Company’s Record

    As oil continued to spread across the ocean from the site of an underground crude pipeline break near Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, cleanup was being ramped up Thursday and questions were being posed about the pipeline’s owner’s regulatory infractions. Plains All American Pipeline operates the line that ruptured midday Tuesday, sending as many as 105,000 gallons of crude oil spilling down a canyon, under a culvert, onto the sand and into the Pacific Ocean. An estimated 21,000 […]

  • A man is taken into custody at LAX. (Credit: A.S.H.E.S.theCHOSEN @ashesthechosen via Twitter)

    Caught on Video: Police Use Taser on ‘Uncooperative’ Man at LAX

    Police at Los Angeles International Airport deployed a Taser on a man who breached security Wednesday morning at a screening area. After police used the Taser, the man was taken to an area hospital for medical treatment, according to Los Angeles airport police. Police said the man was not cooperating with Transportation Security Administration officers in the airport screening area at Terminal 6. Airport police tried to assist TSA officers, but the man refused to cooperate and pushed past an […]

  • Veteran labor leader Dolores Huerta speaks outside Los Angeles City Hall on Jan. 30, 2015, to urge the City Council to act without delay to increase the minimum wage. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

    L.A. City Council Votes 14-1 to Move Toward $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

    The Los Angeles City Council tentatively agreed Tuesday to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, joining a trend sweeping cities across the country as elected leaders seek to address stagnating pay for workers on the lowest rungs of the socio-economic ladder. The ordinance would boost the $9 an hour base wage to $15 by 2020 for as many as 800,000 workers, city officials say, and make L.A. the largest U.S. city to adopt a major minimum-wage increase. […]

  • Christy O'Donnell, left, discusses her illness with her 20-year-old daughter Bailey sitting beside. O'Donnell is the lead plaintiff suing the state of California for the right to have medical aid in dying. The video was released by Compassion & Choices on May 18, 2015.

    Terminally Ill Single Mother From Santa Clarita Sues for Right to Die in California

    A terminally ill Santa Clarita woman is among three plaintiffs who recently sued the state of California for the right to end their lives, according to a news release from Compassion & Choices, a non-profit aiming to expand choice at the end of life. The lawsuit, filed Friday in California Superior Court in San Diego County, asserts that the state’s constitution and current laws should allow terminally ill adults who are mentally competent to request prescription medication in their final […]