Karen Swensen

Karen Swensen
Title: Award-winning journalist and founder of Life’s About Change
Education: Penn State University
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Expertise: Journalism

Karen Swensen is an award-winning journalist and founder of Life’s About
Change, a business aimed at helping others navigate life’s challenges.She currently contributes a monthly “Changing Chapters” segment on the
Today Show with Hoda and Jenna.


Karen has won more than ten Emmy and six Edward R. Murrow regionalawards, along with numerous Gracie, Gabriel, Associated Press and PressClub awards for investigative journalism, writing and feature reporting.

Karen spent most of her career at WWL-TV, the CBS affiliate in NewOrleans, LA, the only station to provide uninterrupted coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. She, like the majority of her colleagues, lost her home but stayed on the air providing vital information in real time, earning them the most prestigious awards in broadcast journalism: the George Foster Peabody, the Edward R. Murrow, and the DuPont-Columbia Awards. Karen also worked as a morning anchor forNECN in Boston where she wrote and produced the acclaimed documentary “Katrina: A Flood of Tears,” which premiered at HarvardUniversity and was followed by a panel discussion about the governmental response to the tragedy.


Penn State University

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