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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
  • Authorities respond to a home invasion reported in Palmdale on July 16, 2018. (Credit: Don Luis Meza)

    Officials Investigating Violent Home Invasion Robbery in Palmdale

    Authorities were investigating after a Palmdale resident call 911 to report a home invasion — then abruptly hung up amid an apparent struggle, officials said. A large law enforcement presence was seen at the home in the 38600 block of Erika Lane after 1:40 p.m., when Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Joana Warren said the resident called to report three intruders. The 911 dispatcher heard a struggle in the background before the call abruptly ended, Warren said. A neighbor told KTLA […]

  • King tides video post on July 14, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    King Tides Continue to Prompt Flood Advisory for Parts of Orange County

    King tides have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood advisory for Orange County areas prone to flooding including Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, Newport Beach and Balboa. The advisory will remain in effect until 11 p.m. Saturday. Kareen Wynter reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on July 14, 2018.

  • A powerful Southern California wave is seen in this file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

    King Tides Prompt Flood Advisory for Parts of O.C.

    King tides have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood advisory for the low-lying coastal areas of Orange County Friday. Christina Pascucci reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on July 13, 2018.

  • New LAPD Chief Hosts Community Forum in Boyle Heights

    Newly minted Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore met with community members inside a Boyle Heights church on Thursday for a public forum. Kareen Wynter reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on July 12, 2018.

  • Rodolfo Rodriguez, 92, is seen in his hospital bed in an image uploaded to a GoFundMe campaign on July 6, 2018.

    Woman Arrested in Beating of Grandfather in Willowbrook; Sheriff’s Dept. Calls It ‘Not a Hate Related Incident’

    A 30-year-old woman has been arrested in the vicious Fourth of July beating of a man in his 90s who was walking in the Willowbrook neighborhood of South Los Angeles, authorities announced Wednesday, saying the incident was not “hate related.” Laquisha Jones, a resident of L.A., was taken into custody without incident near 60th Street and Crenshaw Avenue about 10 p.m. Tuesday, after investigators obtained search and arrest warrants, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release. […]

  • Crystal Gonzales is shown in a photo released by the Ontario Police Department on July 10, 2018.

    Woman Arrested After Allegedly Leaving Babies in SUV During Heat Wave: Ontario Police

    A woman was arrested Sunday after she allegedly left two babies inside an SUV for at least a half hour while she apparently shopped at an Ontario Walmart, officials announced Tuesday. Crystal Gonzales, a 34-year-old resident of Fontana, faces a child endangerment charge in connection with the incident, according to Ontario police and inmate records. About 7:45 p.m. Sunday, a security guard at a Walmart along the 1300 block of Mountain Avenue noticed people gathering around a GMC in the parking […]

  • Officials Investigating Death of Postal Worker Found in Truck in Woodland Hills Amid Scorching Heat Wave

    A 63-year-old postal worker was found dead in her mail truck in Woodland Hills as temperatures pushed toward 120 degrees last Friday, her family members said. Peggy Frank of North Hills had worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 28 years and was nearing retirement. She had just returned to work for the first time in months on Friday after suffering a broken ankle, according to loved ones. Frank was pronounced dead at the scene on the 4800 block of […]

  • A message board at Calvary Church on Shoup Avenue reads 117 degrees in West Hills on July 6, 2018. (Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

    Power Outages Affect Thousands of L.A. Residents Amid Heat Wave; LADWP Increases Estimated Restoration Time

    The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on Saturday evening said restoring power for the thousands of residents who lost electricity during the heat wave would take longer than the agency initially estimated. Some 37,000 customers experienced outages as of 10 p.m.,  according to the department. Saturday’s “peak electricity use” resulted in the second highest weekend day in the city, the agency said. Estimated restoration time increased from 12 to 24 hours to 24 to 48 hours with some […]

  • An image shows the aftermath of a fire in Goleta on July 7, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Homes Destroyed by Fires, Temperature Records Shattered as Heat Wave Slams SoCal

    A record-setting heat wave sparked brush fires across Southern California that destroyed homes and forced thousands to evacuate from Santa Barbara to San Diego county. The heat wave, coupled with moderate winds, helped fan nearly a dozen fires across the region, the most serious being in Alpine and Goleta. Hundreds of residents fled the West Willows community near Alpine, with some saying they didn’t know whether their homes were still standing. By 5 p.m., authorities said that they were getting […]