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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
  • Lonnie Franklin Jr. enters the courtroom before the verdict is read in his murder trial on May 5, 2016. (Credit: pool)

    Jury Finds Lonnie Franklin Jr. Guilty in ‘Grim Sleeper’ Serial Murders

    A Los Angeles jury has convicted a 63-year-old man in landmark, monthslong trial in which he was accused of being the “Grim Sleeper,” a serial killer who prosecutors said raped his female victims before shooting or strangling them and dumping their bodies in South L.A. Lonnie Franklin Jr. was charged with 10 counts of murder and one count of attempted murder in the deaths of nine woman and a 15-year-old girl over more than two decades. A verdict from the jury […]

  • The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to alter zoning rules to allow construction to resume on this Target development in Hollywood. A neighborhood opposition group said it would sue to once again halt the project. (Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times)

    L.A. City Council Votes Unanimously to Allow Construction on Long-Stalled Hollywood Target

    The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to allow construction of a long-stalled Target shopping center in Hollywood to resume, nearly two years after a judge ordered work halted at the site. On a 13-0 vote, the council revised the planning and zoning rules that govern the Sunset Boulevard site, ensuring that Target’s 74-foot-tall retail center would be permitted on the property. Superior Court Judge Richard L. Fruin Jr. struck down the council’s approval of the project in 2014, […]

  • A mural celebrating Prince's life in the Uptown neighborhood he made famous singing about. (Credit: CNN)

    Prince Team Sought Addiction Doctor’s Help Day Before Superstar’s Death: Attorney

    The day before Prince died, his team called an eminent opioid addiction specialist in California seeking urgent help for the singer, an attorney working for the specialist and his son said Wednesday. The specialist, Dr. Howard Kornfeld, couldn’t get there immediately so he sent his son, Andrew Kornfeld, on an overnight flight to Minnesota. The goal was for the younger Kornfeld to help evaluate Prince’s health and encourage him to enter treatment for pain management and potential addiction issues, attorney […]

  • Lataz Gray, 22, is seen in an image provided by the Los Angeles Police Department on May 3, 2016.

    Man Arrested in Fatal Stabbing of 2-Year-Old, Wounding of Pregnant Mother in South L.A.

    A 22-year-old man who allegedly stabbed a two-year-old girl to death and critically wounded the child’s pregnant mother in South Los Angeles Monday night has been arrested, police said during a news conference Tuesday. Lataz Gray was arrested at an area hospital after deciding to turn himself in on the advice of his father, said Detective David Garrido with the Los Angeles Police Department. Gray allegedly stabbed 2-year-old Maliaya Tademy multiple times during an argument with his live-in girlfriend, said […]

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    ‘Hillary for California’ Officially Opens Their Los Angeles Organizing Office in the Pico Union Area

    A crowd of supporters as well as local lawmakers were on hand Tuesday as the “Hillary for California” Los Angeles organizing office officially opened in the Pico Union area. Kareen Wynter reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

  • "Sugar" Shane Mosley, who was credited with rescuing an injured toddler after a crash on the 405 Freeway, discussed the incident on May 2, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Boxing Champion ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley Rescues Injured Toddler After 405 Freeway Crash

    “Sugar” Shane Mosley rescued a father and his 2-year-old son after a multivehicle crash on the 405 Freeway left the pair injured over the weekend, the former champion boxer told KTLA on Monday. Mosley turned into a first responder Sunday after witnessing the four-vehicle collision, he said in an interview. The boxer jumped out to of his vehicle to help Aaron Levy and his son, who was injured by flying glass.  “I honestly didn’t recognize him at first, because I […]

  • Dozens of friends and relatives gathered at the site of the crash to mourn and pay tribute to Chris Chavez on April 29, 2016. (credit: KTLA)

    Vigil Held for Music Instructor Declared Brain Dead After Santa Ana Hit-and-Run; $20,000 Reward Offered

    A $20,000 reward was being offered in a hit-and-run crash in Santa Ana that left a young music instructor clinically brain dead, his family said Friday. Chris Chavez was crossing Bristol Street near Central Avenue early on the morning of April 20 when he was struck by a black, four-door BMW that ran a red light, according to the Santa Ana Police Department. A witness took a picture of the driver when she got out of her car after the […]

  • Three people connected to San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook appear in federal court in Riverside on April 28, 2016: left to right, Syed Raheel Farook, Mariya Chernykh and Tatiana Farook. (Credit: Mona S. Edwards)

    San Bernardino Shooter’s Brother, 2 Others Arrested on Marriage Fraud Charges

    Three people connected to San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook, including his older brother, were arrested Thursday on suspicion of federal conspiracy, marriage fraud, and making false statements. Syed Raheel Farook, the brother of Syed Rizwan Farook; his wife, Tatiana Farook; and her sister Mariya Chernykh were arrested and charged in a grand jury’s five-county indictment related to an alleged sham marriage between Chernykh and Enrique Marquez Jr., who is awaiting trial on charges that he supplied guns used in the Dec. […]

  • LAPD Swat officers and DEA agents served a warrant on suspected skid row drug kingpin Derrick Turner in Cerritos early Wednesday morning as part of a massive drug sweep. (Credit: Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times)

    Skid Row Drug Kingpin Arrested as Part of Major Crackdown, Police Say

    Los Angeles police arrested a man they say is a skid row drug kingpin at his suburban home in Cerritos along with 15 others as part of an early-morning sweep targeting downtown’s infamous drug market. Authorities said the goal was to break up what officials described as a dominant ring supplying cocaine and heroin on the streets of downtown L.A. at a time when the homeless population is rising along with concerns about crime. Among the evidence seized in the […]