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.
Don Crisman is the last surviving member of the original Never Miss A Super Bowl Club. He has been to every Super Bowl ever played — but he’s had some close calls. Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story.
Inspired by the death of a friend and teammate, former Chicago Blackhawks player Daniel Carcillo is now working to help athletes adjust to life after hockey. He tells his story, In His Own Words.
You might think that the Tour de France is cycling’s most grueling feat. Last year’s course included 21 stages over 23 days, covering just over 2,000 miles. But Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story of a cycling challenge that might make you reconsider.
Bobbleheads now have a Hall of Fame and their own day on the calendar, Jan. 7. Only A Game’s Karen Given tries to solve the mystery of why bobbleheads have ruled sports promotions since 1999.
Before World War II, Adams, Mass. attracted skiers by the thousands until the advent of chair lifts lured the crowds away. Now backcountry enthusiasts who enjoy climbing up a mountain to “earn their turns” on the way down are bringing skiers and riders back to the small town and the historic Thunderbolt Ski Run.
When the United States entered World War II, many prominent athletes rushed to join the war effort. Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story of a lesser-known athlete and veteran whose story you might not have heard.
Home, Thanksgiving and Football. For many American families, those three things are being celebrated this week, in varying degrees. But it hasn’t always been that way. Only A Game’s Karen Given has the story.
After 11 seasons in the NFL, Kermit Alexander returned to his hometown. That’s where he first ran into a talented but troubled football player who would murder four members of Alexander’s family. Only A Game’s Karen Given sat down with Alexander to learn how he led himself back from tragedy.
Over the past 33 years, Scott Smith has earned both a nickname and a reputation as the “SI King”— Smith’s autographed collection of almost 19,000 Sports Illustrated magazines might have something to do with that. Only A Game’s Karen Given talks to the King to find out more about his collection and his quest to get every edition of Sports Illustrated signed.
Autograph collector Scott Smith is looking for five Sox fans who appeared on the Aug. 13, 1990, cover of Sports Illustrated.
Former San Francisco 49ers rookie linebacker Chris Borland was only 24 years old when he announced he was leaving the game. Only A Game’s Karen Given sat down with Borland to talk about how much his life has changed since he became a voice for those who feel that playing football isn’t worth the long-term risks of multiple concussions.
The New England Patriots have punched their ticket to Glendale, Arizona to face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Fans withstood drenching rain and blustery conditions in Foxborough last night to watch New England trounce the Indianapolis Colts 45 to 7.
To get to the Super Bowl, the Patriots first have to get by Indianapolis Colts and quarterback Andrew Luck. WBUR’s Karen Given has a look at how the two teams match up.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We close our special series on Boston school sports with undiscussed questions and a look at the way forward.
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.