Karen Swensen came to NECN in February 2006 and co-anchors "Good Morning Live" and "New England Midday" with Mike Nikitas. She also anchors "NECN Healthweek." Karen came to New England from New Orleans where she and her colleagues at WWL won the George Foster Peabody, duPont-Columbia and National Edward R. Murrow Awards for their continuous coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
At NECN, Karen wrote and produced a one-hour documentary called "Katrina: A Flood of Tears." It was a first-person account of the storm and its aftermath that revealed the personal loss, strength and resilience of the people of the Gulf South. It won a First Place Associated Press Award.
During her twelve years at WWL, Karen worked as an anchor and reporter, earning six Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards for investigative journalism, writing and feature reporting. She also earned two Emmy Awards, in addition to several Gracie, Gabriel and Associated Press Awards.
Karen graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Honors from Penn State with a degree in Political Science and was a Louisiana state finalist in the Rhodes Scholar competition. She has a Master's Degree in Journalism from Penn State.
Karen lives with her husband and daughter in a suburb north of Boston.