Karen has worked in radio since she was 16 years old, getting her start at a small commercial music station in Joshua Tree, California. Her favorite part of the job was reading the news updates at the top of every hour.
She came to WBUR in 1991 as a student at Boston University. In her years at B.U., Karen earned degrees in Political Science and Broadcast Journalism and expanded her radio skills with a work study job in WBUR’s audio engineering department. Eventually she was hired on as the Technical Director for Only A Game and Car Talk.
Karen made the transition from technical to editorial by way of Reno, Nevada, where she spent a year as the only feature news reporter for Reno’s public radio station, KUNR. With her newly acquired reporting skills, Karen returned to WBUR as a producer and reporter for Only A Game.
During her tenure with Only A Game, Karen has covered the Salt Lake City Olympics and the first regular season NFL game in London, but her most ambitious story to date was a profile of a town in the Rift Valley where most of Kenya’s elite long distance runners live and train. That story, “Kenya’s Fastest Town,” won the 2007 national Edward R. Murrow Award for Sports Reporting.
Following in the footsteps of the two-time heavyweight champion of the world can’t be easy, especially when you share his name. Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story of George Foreman III, who recently opened a luxury boxing gym in Boston.
The founders of the New England Belt Sander Racing Association are getting old. They say they’re ready to hang up their sanders. Before the sport disappears entirely, Karen Given revisits one of Only A Game’s most enduring stories.
For college football stars, it’s the NFL or bust. Unlike this country’s other major sports, the NFL does not have a developmental league. But there’s a movement to change all that. From a recent Fall Experimental Football League game in Boston, Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story.
The FCC has voted unanimously to end its sports blackout rule, but does that mean fans no longer have to worry about whether their local stadium is sold out? Only A Game’s Karen Given has our update.
There is no shortage of groups who have criticized the NFL franchise in Washington, D.C. for its nickname, but now the team is going to be the target of an episode of “South Park.”
As sports budgets are slashed, especially in urban school districts, an organization is stepping in to help with training and coaches. Only A Game’s Karen Given highlights Up2Us.
The NFL ‘blackout’ rule prevents games that haven’t been sold out from appearing on local television. But, an upcoming vote by the FCC could change how the league controls its product. Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story.
What did you do on your summer vacation? For 15-year-old Kaz Grala, that question takes a while to answer. The honor roll student is the youngest full-time driver on one of NASCAR’s top two developmental leagues. Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story.
In this internet age of Facebook and Twitter, there are those who still enjoy a more traditional form of communication. As Only A Game’s Karen Given reports, sometimes they make a sport of it.
Picture a distance runner and you probably see someone small and thin. Maybe even shockingly small and thin. But Only A Game’s Karen Given recently attended a running event where bigger is, for once, better.
BOSTON — Not even a cold wind and lopsided loss could dampen the Opening Day spirits of Red Sox fans as they streamed out of Fenway Park.
DENVER — The New England Patriots will have to overcome more than the Broncos to reach the Super Bowl. They will also have to handle Denver’s altitude and the noise at Sports Authority Field.
BOSTON — WBUR and Only A Game’s Karen Given recaps the 2013 Red Sox’ World Series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, and looks at the year ahead for the team.
BOSTON — The game was all but over on Wednesday night as Red Sox closer Koji Uehara took the mound in the ninth inning. But there was still plenty of excitement inside Fenway Park’s 101- year-old walls.
BOSTON — Shane Victorino’s grand slam in the seventh gave the Red Sox the lead they needed to win and advance to the World Series. They’ll meet the Cardinals for Game 1 at Fenway Park Wednesday.
BOSTON — We close our special series on Boston school sports with undiscussed questions and a look at the way forward.
BOSTON — In sports there are scores and records. In school there are tests and grades. And for Boston students participating in the school district’s privately funded sports programs, all of those are important.
BOSTON — Play Ball! and Boston Scholar Athletes fund school athletic programs and work to make sure students are meeting GPA requirements to participate. But some say the city’s requirements should be more challenging.
The Play Ball! Foundation and the Boston Scholar Athlete Program have brought funding to the city’s athletics programs, but they didn’t just cut checks and walk away.
After a scathing report on the state of sports in Boston Public Schools, two community leaders stepped up to pitch in. In Part 1 of a weeklong series, we track the school system’s progress and ask: Is the outside help enough?