Karen is a veteran journalist who joined CBS 11 News in 1995. Prior to that, she was an anchor and reporter at CBS affiliate WTVT-TV in Tampa, KRBK-TV in Sacramento and KCEN-TV in Waco.
She has received numerous honors for her work, including regional Emmy Awards, Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Awards, Press Club of Dallas Kate Awards and the Association of Women Journalists’ Vivian J. Castleberry Award.
Karen is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and is a member of the UTA Alumni Association, as well as the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. In 2003, Karen received UTA’s “Distinguished Alumni Service Award.” In addition, she has been recognized for her service to the community by numerous charitable and civic organizations including Mi Escuelita, Cook Children’s Medical Center, and the Baylor Sammons Breast Center.
Karen is deeply devoted to the cause of finding a cure for breast cancer. Her mother and both grandmothers had breast cancer, and one of her grandmothers died from the disease. Because Karen has two daughters of her own, finding a cure is especially important to her. Karen was an Honorary Co-Chair for the 2000 Komen Dallas Race for the Cure and that same year she received a Macy’s “Heart and Soul Award” for her work in the fight against breast cancer. In 2005, she received the inaugural “Commitment to the Cure” award. Karen has also supported, since their inception, the survivors’ luncheon sponsored by the Joanie Hatcher Memorial Survivors Endowment Fund and the Celebrating Women luncheon presented by the Baylor Sammons Breast Center.
She and her husband, Jim, have three teenage children, Jake, Katie and Kylie. When she’s not cheering them on at a game or attending one of their school functions, Karen enjoys playing tennis and reading.
According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide rates nationwide have been steadily increasing — more than 25-percent since 1999.
There are thousands of books, documents, maps, newspapers, photos, and other artifacts in the UTA Special Collection- much of which was donated by Fort Worth attorney and UT Austin alum, Jenkins Garrett and his wife, Virginia.
North Texas is a mecca for the arts. There are dozens of museums in the area, but only one has the distinction of being the first — The Modern.
Many Texans may already know that Dr Pepper was created in Waco in 1885, by a pharmacist at a corner drug store. But they may not realize that the first place to ever bottle Dr Pepper was in the Erath County town of Dublin.
Behind the glass cases in the lobby of the George W. Truett Memorial Hospital at the Baylor University Medical Center complex are hundreds of hands– or more accurately– the bronze casts of hands belonging to some of the most popular and influential people in the world.
The museum moved to Fort Worth after quickly outgrowing its West Texas location. It now has more than 4,000 artifacts, and information about more than 750 women.
In a quiet, historic cemetery in the tiny Wise County town of Aurora lies a mystery that’s almost 120 years old. According to local legend — and a Texas historical marker — the cemetery is the burial site of an alien.
Texas is proud of its western heritage, but many have no concept of what life was really like for those who braved the wild frontier. For 50 years, Fort Worth has provided a glimpse into that past with its Log Cabin Village.
The Fort Worth Zoo has gotten a lot of attention lately for some of its adorable babies. But there is a lot more about the zoo, including an international first, that many North Texans may not know.
Six Flags Over Texas will celebrate its 55th year in operation this summer. And after all these years and all the changes the park has seen, there’s only one thing that’s remained constant: The Six Flags Railroad.
For many North Texans, it seems there was never a time when Bob Phillips wasn’t in their living rooms on Saturday evenings.
The 31st Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival kicked off Thursday morning. It’s four days of art, music, food and fun in the heart of downtown Fort Worth. Artists from all over the country vie to have their work included in the festival.
Jaden Lowry looks like your typical 6-year-old. It’s hard to tell he was diagnosed with B-cell Lymphoma last September.
If you love great live comedy, you don’t need to go to SNL in New York or Second City in Chicago. All you have to do is head to Sundance Square in Fort Worth. Four Day Weekend is the longest-running improv show in the southwest.
People still flock to the site at Dealey Plaza and to the Sixth Floor Museum to learn more about the moments that changed the course of American history.
Anyone who’s ever tried to run a restaurant will tell you it’s not an easy job — but imagine trying to operate one that’s haunted! The Landis family, who own the Catfish Plantation Restaurant in Waxahachie, knows a thing or two about that.
Everything’s bigger in Texas. It’s a popular saying that holds true for a lot of things, including our sports facilities. And there are none bigger than the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.
After 120 years, the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo has become synonymous with Texas and its western heritage. More than one million people will visit during its 23-day run, and it may be because the annual event really does have something for everyone.
Fort Worth may be “Where the West Begins,” but the nation’s capital can’t do business without Cowtown. Have you ever noticed the letters “FW” on your dollar bills? Have you ever wondered what it means?
For almost 40 years, the Christmas light displays in Arlington’s Interlochen neighborhood have drawn families by the carload — and often by the busload — from hundreds of miles around.
It may not look like much from the outside, but Angelo’s on Fort Worth’s west side has become legendary for what it makes on the inside — hickory-smoked meats, and a lot of them.
More than 85 years ago, it was the “Top O’ Hill Terrace,” a private residence that hid one of the most exclusive underground casinos in the country.
Can you imagine having a house that looks exactly like a famous one from a television show?
It’s high school homecoming season and that means pep rallies, football and homecoming mums.
If you’re new to the state and wondering what the hype is about, here’s what to expect from the State Fair of Texas.
The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame opened its doors in 2001 in a 100-year-old building in the Fort Worth Stockyards. But it’s what’s inside of the building that will take you back in time.
Whether you’re new to North Texas, or you’ve lived here forever, chances are you’re already familiar with the Fort Worth Stockyards. But there’s so much more to the area than you might be aware.
Many newcomers to North Texas may not realize that millions of year ago, this area was the stomping ground of dinosaurs.
Texas is full of wonderful, interesting places. But, to newcomers, some of them may seem a little unusual in the way they’re pronounced. We take a look at some examples.
One of the things that makes North Texas so special is the communities that preserve their link to our state’s great history– even as they embrace the future. Lancaster in South Dallas County is one such city.
CBS 11 News traveled to the White House to interview President Barack Obama about the proposed major trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
While on church missions and medical trips, a Texas doctor saw the great need to provide clean water in areas where he worked. Now, he is changing lives thousands of miles away from home.
Professionally, it’s an exciting challenge which will allow me to spread my wings a bit. But more important to me personally is that this is incredibly awesome for my family life,” said Borta about the move.
When one partner accomodates the other’s preferred method of coping, a marriage is in better shape. And that social support could be the key to saving lives.
A North Texas eye doctor is recalling his scary trip on an American Airlines plane. He left San Francisco for DFW Airport Monday on a bumpy flight, and then panels started breaking away from the plane.
One couple’s sweet love story is helping to make the lives of breast cancer survivors and their families a little easier.
Warm Up America has warmed people’s lives by knitting and crocheting for more than two decades. See how they’re making a positive influence in North Texas.
Some of this year’s most promising graduates haven’t even started kindergarten. But they have already learned something that will have a huge impact on the rest of their lives.
The gorgeous Edwardian off of Inwood road in Dallas sits on a five and half acre lot.
Sally Field served as the keynote speaker for the 11th Annual Wings Luncheon benefiting New Friends New Life.