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.
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.
Every year, prose writers and poets gather at Vermont College of Fine Arts for a friendly game of softball. They aren’t very good. But, as Only A Game’s Karen Given discovered last summer, athletic talent is of little consequence.
Early in its history, the WNBA took steps to avoid becoming known as a “lesbian league.” But this summer, the WNBA held its first nationally televised Pride game, acknowledging those fans who’ve been there from the beginning. Karen Given has the story.
The Red Sox and Cubs finished their three-game series, just the fourth time the teams have met since the 1918 World Series. Only A Game’s Karen Given was at the game on Monday, and reflected on the storied histories of the two teams.
When young athletes come out of the inner city and try to go pro, the road is rarely traveled alone. Only A Game’s Karen Given introduces us to David Lovett and his mentor.
Inspired by an interview she produced for Only A Game, Karen Given traveled to Allentown, Pennsylvania to sample the sports, entertainment, and culinary offerings of Minor League Baseball’s Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
What’s the wackiest “sport” of all? Over the past 20 years, Only A Game has featured plenty of candidates worthy of the honor.
Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes back in the 1973 but in the decades since she’s continued to champion women’s rights. She spoke with OAG’s Karen Given about her advice for college grads, her experience at the Sochi Olympics and the fight for gender equality.
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.
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?