Karen Swensen Biography

Karen Swensen is a journalist who broadcasts Eyewitness News at 5 and 6 p.m. for WWL-TV in New Orleans. She has won five Emmy Awards. She has also received numerous Gracie and Gabriel Awards, Associated Press, and Press Club honors.

How old is Karen Swensen?- Age

She is an American citizen who was born and reared there.

Where did Karen Swensen go to school? – Education

She graduated with honors from Penn State University Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in political science and a minor in Spanish. Karen graduated from the same university with a journalism master’s degree. In 2017, Holy Cross University awarded Karen with an honorary doctorate. The Institute of Politics at Loyola University in New Orleans also awarded her a fellowship.

Is Karen Swensen Married?- Husband

John Patrick Ronquillo, her late husband, was her business partner. On September 4, 2018, he passed away from cancer at the age of 64. His ancestors may be located in the 1700s in New Orleans, where he was born. The couple exchanged vows and celebrated their nuptials in St. Louis Cathedral in front of their family and friends. Children of Karen and John include a son named Matthew and a daughter named Catherine.

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Swensen Salary

Her salary is annually predicted to range from $40,000 – $ 110,500.

Karen Swensen’s Net Worth

Her net worth is believed to range from $1 Million – $5 Million.

Karen Swensen WWL TV – Career

She started her first job at WWL-TV in 2005 and quit in 2006. In 2010, Karen returned to New England Cable News in Boston as the channel’s anchor and reporter for 10 p.m. after leaving to take a morning anchor role. At nine o’clock that night, Karen began her employment as a newscaster for WUPL-TV. Early in 2011, Karen and her new husband went to New Orleans to take Lucy Bustamante’s place, who had transferred to Norfolk, Virginia, where her husband was stationed, to take a job as an anchor at WWL-sister TV’s station.
Between the hours of 5 and 6 o’clock in the evening, Swensen hosts Eyewitness News on WWL-TV in New Orleans. She has won five Emmy Awards and has reported on topics ranging from the long-term consequences of Hurricane Katrina to Pope Francis’ visit to the United States. She has also moderated debates for the governor, the senate, and the mayor of New Orleans. With regard to investigative journalism, writing, and feature reporting, Karen has received numerous Gracie and Gabriel Honors, Associated Press and Press Club Awards, the New Orleans Press Club Award for Best Broadcast Writing, and six Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards. She was also chosen “Best Anchor” by the Gambit newspaper’s readers in New York.
At WWL, Karen was the lone female anchor present in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. WWL-TV received the Edward R. Murrow Award, George Foster Peabody Award, and DuPont-Columbia Award for their constant coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Additionally, Karen worked for NECN in Boston as a morning anchor for nearly five years. While she was there, Karen created and oversaw the production of a number of movies, including “Katrina: A Flood of Tears,” which aired at Harvard University and was followed by a panel discussion on the incident.

The “Life’s About Change” seasonal t-shirt line, which features Delta and the motto “Embrace Change,” was created by Karen. She has given the entire sum, close to $20,000, to cancer research and is still dedicated to finding a treatment in honor of her late husband John, who was the love of her life. She has received six Edward R. Murrow area awards for investigative journalism, writing, and feature reporting, two regional Emmys, as well as honors from the Associated Press and Press Club of New Orleans (including the Jim Metcalf Memorial Award for best broadcast writing). She was a member of the WWL-TV team that reported on Hurricane Katrina and brought the station honors like the Edward R. Murrow and George Foster Peabody.

Karen Swensen Twitter

Her Twitter account is (@karenswensen).

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