Outstanding Electronic Journalism Senior
has been an active student since joining the Honors College
at USC. She is a University Scholar, a University Ambassador
and a Presidential Ambassador.
Dr. Sonya Duhe' on what
makes Karen stand out in broadcast journalism:
Karen has been outstanding this semester in the area of reporting.
She has really learned how to bring the writing, reporting and production
skills together to make a great television news story.
Karen has a real
knack at finding interesting stories and then knowing just
how to tell it. We know she will do well in the field of
Why did you choose USC?
I have always wanted to be a journalist, and when I came
down to look at USC's program I knew I had to be here. The
School of Journalism as well as the campus and setting of
Columbia made me fall in love with USC.
Why broadcast journalism?
I enjoy meeting people and learning their story, which
is basically what reporting is all about. The intensity
and thrill of going out to get a breaking story gets me
very excited about journalism.
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Favorite/most beneficial class?
My senior semester experience has been the most enjoyable
four months of my time here at USC. Every day we get to
work together to put on a newscast — doing the jobs
we love and want to continue after graduation. Being able
to go out in the morning with an original story idea and
then come back and see it on air that day at four is so
incredibly satistfying. It proves to me that this is what
I want to do every day of my life.
What will you miss most about college?
That feeling you have knowing that your three best friends
are living right there with you... going through every up
and down of your college life alongside you. My friends
and all our amazing memories is what I will always miss.
And you won't miss?
The constant nervousness about getting a J-O-B. I can't
wait to, hopefully, have a job and not have to stress about
the next big step in my life.
What are you really passionate about?
In general, I am a passionate person, particularly about
my dreams. I have always been passionate about pursuing
news reporting since it is what has always excited me —
bringing people's stories in a new way to the viewers.
Has there been a "defining moment" or
significant event in your college experience?
Wow... too many! I think the biggest moment for me was
probably when I studied abroad in Australia. I remember
on the plane trip over I was thinking about all that I had
done my frist year and a half at USC and how much I had
grown. I joked with my parents about "finding myself"
while I was there... but I really believe that in a way
What do you hope to do after graduation?
Without a doubt, I would love to do television news reporting.
I want to travel to whatever small market I need to in order
to get my first on-air position and begin my career.
Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for other
students in your major?
There is no way that you can work too hard or have too
much fun while you are here. Understand the balance and
remember to take a breath and enjoy your friends no matter
Any parting words or something you'd like to say
to your SJMC family, or anyone else, before you head out the
The excitement I am feeling for life after college can
in no way be outweighed by my amazement at how great the
last four years of my life have been. I have lived in two
different countries, made best friends, learned the profession
that I love, and every single thing I was able to do here
was possible because of my friends and family. Lastly, Go
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