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.
Is your child having problems with their eyesight? Younger kids are reporting eye problems, and now doctors think that they might know one reason for the increase in patients.
A group of Girl Scouts in Richardson are working hard so that families in need have food on their tables this holiday season.
One North Texas senior class has a big responsibility ahead of them. It is their job to decide which local organization should receive a donation of several thousand dollars.
There’s an easy, instant way to cut your grocery bill by half, but it’s not without a catch. They are called “salvage” grocery stores specializing in items other stores no longer want — dented cans, items near the expiration date or even just overbuys.
It has been a long time since I’ve read “Dante’s Inferno,” but I think that Dante had it wrong. I do not remember seeing anything in there about homecoming mums.
I work with a lot of people who have young children. I used to watch them and be so grateful that I wasn’t the one having to schlep around diaper bags and strollers anymore.
I celebrated another birthday recently, and each of my kids wrote me a homemade card. While I love all of them, I really wanted to share the card from my 10-year-old daughter.
I recently had one of those moments, when I was talking to my now-teenage daughter about going to Six Flags unsupervised, and I realized that I have officially become my mother.
I’ve always known that there would be aspects of my childhood to which my children would be completely unable to relate. “What’s a dial tone?” my son asked.
In these final hours before Thanksgiving, I have to admit I’m feeling just a bit guilty.
Three years ago, my son taught me a lesson that I thought would stay with me forever. I guess it didn’t stick too well, because last week I had to learn it all over again.
I have a couple of friends who, each day this month, are posting to their Facebook pages another thing about which they’re thankful.
Brian Cuban, the younger brother of Mark Cuban, is finally living the life he wants to live. But getting to this point…nearly killed him.
For weeks our son, who turns 15 tomorrow, has pestered us to allow him to go to one of those giant “house of horrors” places with his new high school friends.
Any mom who works outside the home knows how challenging it can be to balance work and family. I’m fortunate to have a lot of help getting my kids to and from their activities.
If you’ve even been inside a book store in the last 20 years, or scrolled through a list of Top 10 E-Books, chances are you’re familiar with the name, Sandra Brown.
It seems like everybody owns a smartphone nowadays, including an increasing number of children. But what age is too young for a child to own a cell phone?
Finding the motivation to exercise can be the hardest part of staying fit. But a group of women found that working together, and sharing more than fitness goals, can be a big help.
A child’s simple playground injury quickly turned dangerous. Now, a Dallas father is sharing his son’s story, and warning other parents to keep a close eye on their kids.
Food allergies are a life-or-death issue for many kids, and it’s a daily struggle for parents trying to protect their children. But schools across Texas are trying to make the fight a little easier.
A funeral will be held on Tuesday for a fallen North Texas soldier. The remains of Sgt. Tanner Higgins returned to a hero’s welcome on Monday.
One of the newest fitness trends uses a very old skill. Indo-Row machines are designed to replicate the feeling, and work, of rowing on the water.
American doctors have performed gastric surgeries for decades, and while the majority of patients tend to be older adults, a growing number are barely of legal drinking age.
Radiation therapy for cancer can come at a cost with long treatments and difficult side effects. But now, new technology here in North Texas is cutting back on both while giving patients more hope of finally beating their disease.
Dear TxDOT (or whichever entity is responsible for finishing the seemingly never-ending construction on our North Texas roads), Please, please, please, please, pretty please hurry up and finish.
A North Texas inventor has devised a new type of house that could help the nation of Haiti rebuild after the devistating earthquake two years ago. The most amazing thing about the house is that it’s made entirely out of plastic bags.
Okay, no big postings this week, but I did want to share a funny story. I’m sitting in church with my family on Ash Wednesday moments before we receive the ashes on our foreheads, and my suddenly concerned nine-year-old leans over to me and whispers, “Whose ashes are they?” It took a lot of self-control […]
In today’s high-tech world, there’s no shortage of amazing gadgets out there, but there is a shortage of engineers in this country to make them possible. That’s one of the reasons the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is hosting Engineering Week this week, in hopes of attracting the next generation of engineers.
Most food allergies become obvious to patients before the age of ten, but doctors say adults can also have sudden reactions to food they’ve eaten for years, and ignoring the symptoms can have devastating consequences.
It’s hard for me to believe, but it appears as if I’ve become “that” mom: the incredible, do-it-all woman who sacrifices everything for her children’s benefit. Well, okay. To be fair, we should take away the “incredible” and “do-it-all” parts, and probably the word “everything”, too. I’m certainly not in that league, but I’m a […]
There’s a new sport that’s gaining in popularity among Baby Boomers. Pickleball gives people a chance to work up a sweat and be social.
New research has found a link between a lack of physical activity and nearly 100,000 cases of cancer each year.
If Erin Struck had her way, the last ten months of her life would have been spent playing with her 3-year-old son. Instead, this 39-year-old mother is fighting a disease that she thought she was too young to face.
This Mother’s Day, we asked some members of the CBS DFW family to reflect on what the day means to them.
For years, religious leaders have been trying to figure out how to bring younger generations back to their congregations. Now in the age of hashtags, fan pages, and flash mobs, some North Texas clergymen are turning to new technology to gain more followers.
Imagine having a ringing in your ears all day long, every day. For an estimated 50 million Americans, that ringing is a reality.
For decades, Troy Dungan was the weather guy with the bow tie. North Texans tuned in to see him in times of good weather and bad. He disappeared from the news in 2007 and was gone, but not forgotten.
Researchers predict that the number of people with diabetes will skyrocket in the next 30 years.
Nick Van Den Handel, 13, remembers how he felt taking medication for ADHD, and how much better he feels now.
Many turn to yoga to help relax and get into shape. But some practitioners say the benefits of yoga also extend to children, and many youngsters seem to agree.