Karen Devine is an award winning journalist who brings nearly 25 years of local news experience to KESQ News Channel 3. Covering the stories most important to our viewers, Karen gets the big interviews that involve and impact the Coachella Valley.
Including one-on-one interviews with Barbara Walters and the ladies of The View, Journalist Katie Couric, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Suzanne Somers, Late night talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel and live coverage from the tarmac at the Palm Springs International Airport for the arrival of President Obama. Karen is a two-time regional Edward R. Murrow Award winner.
In 2013 Karen took home the prize for her special report, "Right to Die." The story highlighted the trials and tribulations of an elderly Palm Springs man accused of killing his terminally ill wife. In 2011, the Murrow Award was presented for Karen's two-part series, "It Happens to Boys." The series dealt with the troubling truths of child sexual abuse. In 2009, Karen took home an Emmy for her in-depth coverage of prescription drug abuse and teens. She's received four other Emmy Awards highlighting her hard work and dedication to broadcast journalism.
Karen was recognized by Assemblyman Brian Nestande and presented with the 2013 Woman of Distinction Award. California Senator Jim Battin namedKaren, Woman of the Year in 2007.
The Coachella Valley community is very important to Karen who is currently serving on two local boards: Palm Springs Women in Film and Television and The Girlfriend Factor.
Karen headlines multiple speaking engagements every year and mentors up and coming journalists. Readers of The Desert Sun Newspaper voted Karen "Best of the Best" three times. Readers of Palm Springs Life Magazine voted her "Most popular" news personality in the Valley.
Karen graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She started her career working behind the scenes on CNN's "Showbiz Today." She worked for two years for the City of Walnut on a weekly news program. In 1992 Karen joined KMIR the NBC affiliate in the desert.
During her 17 years there she was the primary News Anchor, reported on the big stories in the Coachella Valley and served as News Director for four year. Karen joined KESQ News Channel 3 in 2009. You can watch her weeknights at 5, 6 & 11 p.m.
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