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Karen Given

Producer, WBUR

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.

Recent stories

Concert Honors Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

April 19, 2014
Conductor Ann Howard Jones and the Boston University College of Fine Arts dedicated their spring concert to the victims of last year's Boston Marathon bombing. (Courtesy Michael Lutch)

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.

Sewing A Championship Banner

April 12, 2014
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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.

Red Sox Lose To Brewers 6-2 In Home Opener

April 05, 2014

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.

Ask OAG: Women’s Vs. Ladies’ Olympic Sports

February 13, 2014
The skater on the left, ice hockey star Julie Chu, is a "woman," while the skater on the right, figure skater Gracie Gold, is a "lady." Why the difference? (Bruce Bennett and Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Why do “women” compete in ice hockey, while figure skating is reserved for “ladies?” Only A Game’s Karen Given searches for the answer …

Patriots Face Steep Challenge In Denver

January 19, 2014
Denver's Sports Authority Field, host of Saturday's AFC Championship, is a tough place for visitors because of its noise and high altitude. (Joe Mahoney/AP)

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 Helps Kids Find Joy During Illness

December 28, 2013
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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.

Looking Back At The 2013 Red Sox

December 25, 2013

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.

K9 Fit Club: Where Dogs and Dog Lovers Get Fit

November 09, 2013
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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.

Red Sox Win 3rd World Series Title In Decade

October 31, 2013

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.

Red Sox Advance To World Series

October 20, 2013

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.

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