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
  • The annual Kingdom Day Parade in South Los Angeles was held on Jan. 16, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    South L.A. Kingdom Day Parade Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

    Bright skies greeted the dancers, brass bands and long lines of dignitaries who joined the 32nd annual Kingdom Day Parade in Los Angeles on Monday to honor the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr. The groups that marched — including a New Orleans-style brass band and brightly clad performers from the Los Angeles Korean Dance Academy — drew cheers from the spectators who packed curbs along the parade route in South L.A. Billed as the nation’s oldest and largest parade of its kind, the […]

  • Rain falls on a Southern California freeway on Jan. 12, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    As SoCal Looks to Dry Out, ‘Impressive’ Rainfall Totals Are Tallied and Snow Covers Mountains

    As Southern California is set to begin drying out Friday after more than a week of intermittent rain, federal forecasters have tallied the the rainfall — and snow — brought by the series of storms. Since Jan. 7, three storms brought several inches of rain to most of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. In downtown L.A., the deluge helped bring the precipitation level to 167 percent of average for this point in the season, the National Weather Service said. The […]

  • Heavy rain flooded streets in Santa Ana on Jan. 12, 2017. (Credit: Southern Counties News)

    Cold Storm Brings Record Rainfall, Low Snow Levels, Possible Mudslides to SoCal

    A cold storm system moving through Southern California is bringing more rain to the region Thursday and is expected to result in low snow levels, a threat of thunderstorms and a chance of mudslides in the recent burn areas. Widespread rain began falling overnight and is expected to continue throughout the day before tapering off early Friday, according to the National Weather Service. By Thursday afternoon, a 20-year-old rainfall record was broken at Long Beach Airport, which saw 1.54 inches of […]

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    Central Coast Storm Leads to Flooding, Wet Commute in L.A.

    A storm system that triggered mudslides as it drenched California’s Central Coast on Sunday marched early Monday toward Los Angeles, where morning commuters were frustrated by wet roadways. The storm’s strongest cells hit Ventura County after midnight before arriving in L.A., where about an inch of rain could fall, forecasters said. San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties were each expected to get up to 3 inches.  Heavy rain caused flooding in parts of L.A. and prompted at least one water-rescue attempt in the Dominguez Channel in Gardena […]

  • Raymond Lee Jennings, pictured here after his release in summer 2016, insists he is innocent of the murder that resulted in his life prison sentence. (Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

    Prosecutors Now Agree With Man Who Insists He Was Wrongfully Convicted of Notorious Palmdale Murder

    From behind bars, Raymond Lee Jennings begged a court to throw out his murder conviction, saying he had nothing to do with the shooting death of an 18-year-old college student in a dimly lit Palmdale parking lot. Now — more than a decade after his arrest — he has a surprise ally in his request to drop the case: The same district attorney’s office that prosecuted him. In a letter filed in court this week, prosecutors said they agree the conviction should be tossed out “based […]

  • Olivia Hannah Gonzalez is shown in an image posted to a GoFundMe page created after her death.

    NoHo Woman Who Went Missing With Boyfriend Confirmed to Be Dead Near Car Wreckage in Big Sur Area

    A 20-year-old whose body was found near a wrecked car along Highway 1 in the coastal Big Sur area was identified Wednesday as a young woman from North Hollywood who went missing alongside her boyfriend. Olivia Hannah Gonzalez was positively identified, according to a spokesman for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office. Her family has been notified by Los Angeles police, the spokesman said. A tan sedan was located Tuesday afternoon some 325 feet down a cliff near Ragged Point, in a rugged area […]

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    Residents at Northridge Town Homes Without Running Water for Days; Officials Say Water Should be Restored Wednesday

    Residents at town homes in Northridge  have been living without running water since Sunday when a water main ruptured, but management says the water should be restored by Wednesday. Kareen Wynter reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Jan. 3, 2017.

  • Travelers were stuck at Los Angeles International Airport after a US Customs and Border Protection outage on Jan. 2, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Customs and Border Protection Outage Causes Delays for Thousands of International Travelers

    A computer outage Monday night left thousands of international travelers stuck in US airports for hours on one of the busiest travel days of the year. All affected airports were back online after US Customs and Border Protection experienced a temporary outage with its processing systems at various airports, spokesman Daniel Hetlage said. The outage lasted from 5 p.m. ET to 9 p.m., creating long lines of disgruntled holiday travelers. Airport officials and travelers across the country reported delays ranging […]

  • A news cameraman helped save a man from a fiery crash in downtown Los Angeles on Dec. 31, 2016. (Credit: ONSCENE.TV)

    News Cameraman Helps Pull Man From Fiery New Year’s Eve Crash on Los Angeles Freeway

    A news cameraman helped save a man from a fiery crash on a freeway in downtown Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve night. Photographer Austin Raishbrook, who spends his nights covering crime scenes and accidents, found himself in a life and death scenario on Saturday night on the side of the 110 Freeway. Raishbrook pulled out his camera to record a dark colored SUV that was stalled in the fast lane and watched as it got side-swiped by two cars. […]