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.
Boston University’s College of Fine Arts dedicated their spring concert to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Conductor Ann Howard Jones and flutist Nikoma Baccus talk about the experience.
Ever wonder about those giant championship banners that teams hang from the rafters? OAG’s Karen Given visits a New England company that commands nearly 90 percent of the championship banner market and finds out exactly how they are made.
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.
Why do “women” compete in ice hockey, while figure skating is reserved for “ladies?” Only A Game’s Karen Given searches for the answer …
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.
Team IMPACT pairs college sports teams and children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses. Karen Given talks with families and athletes benefiting from this new program.
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.
Poochy pet? Look no further than the K9 Fit Club, where you and your pet can workout together for “pawsitive” benefits. Only A Game’s Karen Given spoke with Tricia Montgomery, president and founder of K9 Fit Club.
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.