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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
  • Tom Sachs, 81, of San Marino describes his struggle with typhus during an interview with KTLA on Oct. 18, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    81-Year-Old San Marino Man Says He Was Misdiagnosed After Contracting Typhus

    “I got to a point where I just couldn’t even move, and I thought, ‘what the heck is going on?'” Not long after returning from a busy vacation with his wife, San Marino resident Tom Sachs said he started feeling extremely ill. Despite repeated trips to the hospital, where he was prescribed various kinds of medication, the 81-year-old man’s condition worsened. The aches, chill, and fever would not subside. In fact, he and his family were preparing for his death. […]

  • Grant Robicheaux and Cerissa Riley look on as their attorneys speak outside a Newport Beach courthouse on Oct. 17, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    O.C. Surgeon Charged With Sexually Assaulting 5 Additional Victims; Girlfriend Connected to 3 Assaults

    Orange County prosecutors announced new charges Wednesday against a Newport Beach surgeon and his girlfriend who are accused of drugging and raping women, alleging in the new counts that the doctor sexually assaulted five additional victims. The pair were arrested last month and charged with rape and other crimes in connection with the assault on two victims. The couple, Grant William Robicheaux, 38, and Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, both entered not guilty pleas to numerous charges Wednesday in connection incidents that now […]

  • Woman’s Body Found Inside Santa Ana Motel Room; Police Detain Man in Fresno

    Homicide detectives traveled to Fresno on Tuesday to interview a man who was detained after a woman’s body was found inside a motel room in Santa Ana, police said. The body was found inside a room at the Sunshine Village Motel, located at 1427 E. First Street, around 6 a.m. Police were called by a Fresno law enforcement agency to do a safety check on the person who was staying there, Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told KTLA. […]

  • Powerful Santa Ana Winds Wreak Havoc on Southern California’s Power Grid, Boost Fire Risk

    Power outages affected more than 90,000 Southern California Edison customers Monday as strong Santa Ana winds gusted through the Southland, according to the utility. Nearly 29,000 SCE customers remained without power as of 10:00 p.m., including roughly 8,900 in Los Angeles County, 9,100 in Orange County and 5,100 in Riverside County, according to company spokesperson Susan Cox. The utility’s outage database showed others remained without electricity in San Bernardino and Ventura counties. The foothill communities of the San Gabriel Valley along the 210 […]

  • by a tree in Hollywood on Oct. 13, 2018, after a storm swept through the area the night before. (Credit: Drew Kocak)

    SoCal Storms Leave Behind Toppled Trees, Mud-Covered Roads and Power Outages

    As storms swept through Southern California late Friday night, scenes of toppled trees, damaged roads and reports of power outages affecting thousands arose by Saturday morning. Just before 10 p.m. on Friday, at least 10,000 people throughout the Los Angeles region were without power, according to the L.A. Department of Water and Power. Meanwhile, some residents awoke to other damage left by the storm, which carried bolts of lightning and thunder. There were trees struck down by strong winds and others […]

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    26-Year-Old Man Sentenced to Probation in 2013 Hollywood Beating of Transgender Woman

    A man was sentenced to probation Friday for the 2013 beating of a transgender woman in Hollywood, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office reported. Nicol Shakhnazaryan, 26, was sentenced to three years of probation and issued a protective order requiring him to stay away from the 22-year-old victim during that time, the DA’s office said in a news release. The beating happened in the early morning  of May 31, 2013, when Shakhnazaryan and the victim got into a confrontation […]

  • Donald Trump hugs rapper Kanye West during a meeting in the Oval office on Oct. 11, 2018. (Credit: Oliver Contreras - Pool/Getty Images)

    Kanye West Discusses Social Policy, Mental Health With President Trump During White House Meeting

    Live from the Oval Office, it’s Kanye West with a jaw-dropping performance. The rapper didn’t rap. But, seated across from President Donald Trump at the Resolute Desk, the musician delivered a multipart rambling monologue Thursday that touched on social issues, hydrogen planes, mental health, endorsement deals, politics and oh so much more. Seizing the spotlight from the typically center-stage president, West dropped the F-word, floated policy proposals — and went in for a hug. “They tried to scare me to […]

  • Mother of 51-Year-Old Intellectually Disabled Man Left in Hot Car in West Covina Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

    The mother of a 51-year-old intellectually disabled man who died in August after being left in a hot car in West Covina has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the organizations who were responsible for his safety and transportation. The lawsuit was filed Friday on behalf of Irene Melendez, mother of Timothy John Cortinas, against Easterseals, San Gabriel/Pomona Valley’s Developmental Services, Holy Family Children’s Care and Emanuel Arellano, an Easterseals employee who drove Cortinas. The lawsuit alleges the named parties […]

  • Law enforcement officials search for an armed burglar in Malibu Creek State Park on Oct. 6, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Authorities Search for Burglar in Malibu Creek State Park, Noting Possible Link to Deadly Shooting Months Earlier

    Law enforcement officials called off a search for an armed burglar in Malibu Creek State Park on Saturday night after a park staff member tipped them off to a suspicious person seen there — setting off a massive search earlier. While there’s no clear evidence indicating so, authorities suspect there’s a chance the burglar could be linked to the unsolved killing of an Irvine research scientist and father of two named Tristan Beaudette. He was fatally shot while inside a tent at the […]