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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
  • A customer holds a handful of Powerball tickets at Kavanagh Liquors on Jan. 13, 2016, in San Lorenzo. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $390 Million, 9th Largest in Game’s History

    Players were lining up Friday to get tickets for the next Powerball drawing, which at an estimated $390 million is the ninth largest jackpot in the game’s history, according to California Lottery officials. Kareen Wynter reports from Chino Hills for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on July 22, 2016.

  • Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to the crowd after his wife Melania delivered a speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

    Aide Offers to Resign After Melania Trump Plagiarism Incident; Donald Trump Rejects Resignation

    A speechwriter working for Donald Trump’s company identified herself on Wednesday as the person responsible for plagiarism in Melania’s Trump convention speech and offered her resignation. Meredith McIver apologized in a statement sent out by the campaign and said Donald and Melania Trump did not accept her resignation. McIver explained that she included the passages from Michelle Obama’s speech after listening to Melania Trump read passages from the 2008 speech. “Over the phone, she read me some passages from Mrs. […]

  • People buying Powerball their lottery tickets at Bluebird Liquor store in Hawthorne on Jan. 8, 2016. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

    Chino Hills Powerball Jackpot Winners Come Forward to Claim Prize More Than Six Months After Drawing

    A couple who bought a winning Powerball ticket in Chino Hills have claimed their prize after more than six months, California Lottery officials said. Marvin and Mae Acosta were among three big winners of $528.8 million from a January drawing, the largest prize in California Lottery history. The other winning tickets were sold in Tennessee and Florida and the total jackpot was worth about $1.6 billion, officials said. The Acostas bought the winning ticket at a 7-Eleven at 4092 Chino Hills Parkway. They have opted […]

  • Former LASD Cmdr. Ralph G. Ornelas speaks July 18,  2016, about failed leadership during the inmate abuse scandal. (Credit: KTLA)

    Former Sheriff’s Cmdr. Speaks Out About Baca’s Flawed Leadership During Inmate Abuse Scandal

    Former L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Cmdr. Ralph G. Ornelas, who retired after overseeing the Men’s Central Jail, spoke out Monday about ex-Sheriff Lee Baca’s failure to lead and to properly manage his subordinates during the inmate abuse scandal. Ornelas testified against Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, who was sentenced to five years in prison in the jail abuse probe. Kareen Wynter reports for the KTLA 5 News at 3 on July 18, 2016.

  • Travon Williams, left, Travon Lamar Williams, center, and Samathy Mahan, right, are seen in a photos released by the San Bernardino Police Department.

    Arrest Made in San Bernardino Shooting That Left 3 Dead, Including 9-Year-Old Boy

    An arrest has been made in connection with a triple shooting last week that left three people dead in San Bernardino, including a father and his 9-year-old son, police announced Friday. Trayvon Brown, 26, was arrested on suspicion of murder, according to a San Bernardino Police Department news release. A jail record for Brown indicated was taken into custody by San Bernardino police about 4 p.m. Thursday in the 17800 block of Arrow Boulevard in Fontana and booked on a […]

  • The U.S. Capitol building is pictured in Washington, D.C., in a 2011 file photo. (Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

    Long-Classified Pages on Alleged Saudi Arabia Ties to 9/11 Could Be Released Friday: Sources

    The long-classified pages detailing alleged ties of the Saudi Arabian government to the 9/11 hijackers will be released by Congress as early as Friday, sources told CNN Thursday. Known as the “28 pages,” the secret document was part of a 2002 congressional investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks and has been classified since the report’s completion. It turns out there are actually 29 pages, sources said. Sources said there are still some procedural steps that need to be taken before […]

  • Los Gallos Mexican Restaurant was one of three restaurants burglarized in Placentia on July 13, 2016. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    Three Restaurants Burglarized in Placentia Within 45 Minutes of Each Other: Police

    Placentia police are investigating a trio of restaurant burglaries that occurred early Wednesday within 45 minutes of each other, officials said. The first incident occurred about 1 a.m. at Los Gallos Mexican Restaurant, 1667 E Orangethorpe Ave., said Sgt. Bryce Angel. Officials found a smashed window and property had been stolen from the business. Minutes later Meat Up BBQ, 450 North Kraemer Blvd. was broken into, but no property was taken, Angel said. Employee Luis Gallos said it was the […]

  • President Barack Obama speaks at a memorial service for five officers killed in Dallas on July 12, 2016.

    Police in Dallas ‘Showed Incredible Restraint’: Obama

    President Barack Obama and other officials who spoke Tuesday at a memorial for five Dallas police officers killed last week urged Americans to corral their anger and sadness and push for the change society needs. “I believe our sorrow can make us a better country. I believe our righteous anger can be transformed into more justice and more peace. Weeping may endure for a night but I’m convinced joy comes in the morning,” the President said. The Dallas officers were […]

  • Police investigate a double shooting in a Boyle Heights neighborhood on July 11, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Double Shooting Leaves One Dead in Boyle Heights Residential Neighborhood

    One man was killed and another man was injured Monday afternoon in a shooting in Boyle Heights, police said. The sound of gunshots was reported just before 4 p.m. in the 900 block of South Bernal Avenue, a residential street sandwiched between the 60 and 5 freeways, Los Angeles police Officer Rosario Herrera said. Officers arrived and found the two men. One was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released pending notification of his family. Paramedics transported the […]