Karen Hopkins is a dynamic and innovative investigative reporter. She tackles tough leads with tenacity creating stories that are intriguing and provocative. When she came to WVEC in 2010, she was given the education beat. In most markets there’s little creativity that is achieved with this beat. From day one, Karen took the assignment and said she was not going to be the typical Education Reporter. She knew that the school systems were failing and she made them accountable. She took on the administrations policy of reducing the number of teachers and compared it to the number of 6 figure administrators. She listened to parents and teachers and found out that faculty were being assaulted at alarming rates and exposed it leading to better conditions for teachers and students alike. She took a mundane beat and turned it into a promotable franchise for the station. But, she’s not just an Education Reporter. We like to think of her as a “gumshoe” reporter. She tackles a story until she’s satisfied the viewer is going to walk away with something valuable. You can’t let that petite and beautiful smile fool you. She’s tough! She will get her story! She’s achieved that success as a journalist, both in the field and on the desk, by developing sources and enterprising great stories.
Karen loves telling stories. Even as a young child, she dreamed of becoming a television news reporter. In grade school, she turned every project into a video and hosted her own talk show, KH Talk. Karen grew those big dreams in Cincinnati OH. In high school she got her first internship with Ron Esposito at WVXU Radio. He told her - “take the gum out of your mouth. And do you have a pen? You should always have a pen.” She’s remembered her mentor’s words. His blunt counseling stuck with her - no gum, just a pen.
She started college at E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in Athens. Her summers were spent in one internship after another. In 2005 she did her first stent at WKRC her hometown. In the spring of 2006 she did three months studying Spanish at the Universidad de Pamplona. She got her first real taste of the biz from the ground up. The following summer she set her sites a little higher and got an internship with Geraldo at Fox News Channel. The following summer it was CNN in the DC Bureau. She helped in the investigation of a Louisiana senator's escort service scandal. Little did she know she'd be working in Louisiana. I don't think you can ask for a more diverse seasoning in this business.
After graduating summa cum laude, she got her first gig at KTAL-TV. As a reporter at NBC 6 news, she’s covered hurricanes, the film industry, Shreveport-General Motors, city scandals, drug busts and sting operations and the world of casinos and gambling. And through all of the stories she’s covered, it’s the people that get close to her heart.
Be it on the desk, in the field, or among her peers, you’ll not find a better journalist. Take a look at her work and give us a call. She’s ready for all the new challenges that await her in her next assignment.