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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 family of Xinran Ji weeps outside a funeral home in Alhambra on July 31, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘It Was Like Heaven Fell Down': Family Reacts to Killing of USC Graduate Student

    The parents of a Chinese USC graduate student slain in a violent attempted robbery wept outside a service for their son Thursday, saying through a spokesman they had spent their life savings on a U.S. education for their only child. Xinran Ji’s parents arrived from China Tuesday evening after an extended delay in getting their visas; they had missed a court appearance of their son’s alleged killers. On Thursday afternoon, they attended a service for Ji, who was killed July 24, […]

  • The National Weather Service compiled this image showing the spread of "exceptional" drought in California. The latest data is from July 30, 2014.

    California Water-Use Restrictions Begin as Drought Worsens; ‘Lawn Dude’ Campaign Unveiled

    As weather data showed the severity of the state’s drought expanding Thursday, water officials unveiled a cartoon mascot called “Lawn Dude” meant to remind residents to restrict their water usage amid strict new regulations. Digital billboards were activated across Southern California featuring the little green blob character, which apparently speaks in the voice of a residential grass lawn. “Don’t hose me man!” one billboard states; another proclaims, “I only drink 2 days a week.” The public service campaign from the […]

  • After a water-main break on Sunset Boulevard, crews worked to make repairs on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    UCLA Flood: Sunset Blvd. Could Reopen Friday; Cleanup Continues on Campus

    DWP officials were hoping to have Sunset Boulevard open by Friday night after a 93-year-old water main burst under the street near UCLA, causing a massive flood that inundated several structures on the Westwood campus and prompted the closure of the busy thoroughfare. The 36-inch valve was finally closed as of 9 p.m. and repair work was underway, DWP Director of Water Distribution Joe Castruita said at a news conference Wednesday night. Some 20 million gallons of water spilled out following […]

  • The court at Pauly Pavilion was under 8 to 10 inches of water at one point following Tuesday's water main break, according to school officials. (Credit: KTLA)

    Court ‘Buckling’ at Pauley Pavilion; UCLA Wants DWP to Pay for Damages to Campus

    The Nell and John Wooden Court in Pauley Pavilion was showing signs of “buckling” on Wednesday following a water main break that sent millions of gallons of water toward the UCLA campus and into storm drains in Westwood. An estimated 20 million gallons of water flowed from the 93-year-old water main, which burst in the 10600 block of Sunset Boulevard (map) just before 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Damage to the newly […]

  • L.A. police officers gathered downtown in hopes of moving contract talks forward. (Credit: KTLA)

    LAPD Officers Gather to Voice Concerns Over Latest Contract Offer

    The Los Angeles police union recently rejected the City of Los Angeles’ contract offer. The sticking point involves a pay raise and on Tuesday union leaders voiced their concerns hoping to move contract talks forward. Kareen Wynter reports from downtown Los Angeles for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on July 29, 2014.

  • Nick Fagnano died July 27, 2014, after being struck by lightning in Venice Beach. He posted this photo on his Twitter account on June 2, 2012. He graduated from Notre Dame High School

    Venice Beach Lightning Strike Victim, 20, Was ‘Amazing Kid,’ Uncle Says

    After a 20-year-old Los Angeles resident was identified Monday as the victim of a lightning strike in Venice Beach the previous day, his uncle was speaking about the young man’s “always happy” attitude. Nick Fagnano was believed to be swimming or surfing when he was hit by lightning near the 3500 block of South Ocean Front Walk (map) Sunday afternoon. He was missing for about an hour before he was found and transported to a Marina del Rey hospital, where he […]

  • Xinran Ji, who was killed in an attack near his off-campus apartment by USC, is seen in a photo from his LinkedIn page.

    USC Grad Student Dies After Being Attacked by 3 People Just Blocks From Campus

    A University of Southern California engineering graduate student who was found dead in his off-campus apartment on Thursday was the victim of a brutal assault, police said. The man’s body was discovered just after 7 a.m. on the fourth floor of City Park Apartments, which is located just blocks from campus in the 1200 block of West 30th Street (map), according to Sgt. Barry Montgomery of the Los Angeles Police Department. The student was identified as Xinran Ji by Dean […]

  • President Obama arrived at LAX on July 23, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    President Obama Arrives in L.A. for 2-Day Visit, Creating Rush-Hour Traffic; Road Closures Go Into Effect

    Hundreds of invited guests greeted President Barack Obama with applause at a star-studded event at the Los Angeles area home of television producer Shonda Rhimes on Wednesday after donating between $1,000 and $30,000 each. But while some welcomed the president’s arrival, others were frustrated with the snarled traffic it created in areas that his motorcade went through. The president arrived in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon for a two-day visit to Southern California for a pair of fundraisers and a […]

  • Delta Air Lines suspended flights to part of Israel as a safety precaution on July 22, 2014. (Credit: CNN)

    FAA Bans All Flights to Tel Aviv, Israel After Reports of Rockets Landing Nearby

    The Federal Aviation Administration has told U.S. airlines that they are prohibited from flying to or from Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport for up to 24 hours. “The notice was issued in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile” from the airport Tuesday morning, the FAA said. The suspension comes amid a conflict between Israel and militants in Gaza. The Israeli military said at least 41 rockets were fired from the Palestinian territory toward Israel on Tuesday. Operations […]