Karen McNew - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Karen McNew

Karen McNew is an Emmy Award-winning anchor and the WSLS 10 Health Team leader. She has taken local medical reporting to a new level in the field. McNew has been with WSLS 10 since 1998 when she came to us to anchor our new hour long morning news cast.

Over the years she has developed a strong network of medical professionals throughout our area and works with them to make a difference for viewers with her daily reports.

She co-anchors the 5, 5:30 and 6:00 broadcasts.  Karen has had several different roles in the newsroom since she has been here.  During her time on the morning anchor desk, the newscast took home the Virginia Association of Broadcasters award for best morning show the two years McNew was on the desk.

A promotion to the 5 p.m. anchor chair launched her medical reporting.  In the time that she has been with WSLS she has won The Radio and Television News Directors Foundation Jaque L. Minnotte award for excellence in medical reporting, The Associated Press' Douglas Southall Freeman Award for Public Service Through Journalism for her role in National Hearing Day, and a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for best feature.  The feature focused on a local miracle baby, born weighing less than a pound, who grew to be a healthy little girl.

Karen's background is rooted in Southwest Virginia.  She grew up in Blacksburg and graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Communication Studies.  She started her career in Bluefield, WV at WVVA.  During her two years in Bluefield she was a photographer, producer, reporter, editor, and anchor.  McNew also has a strong background in radio.

She has been with WSLS for more than 15 years and can't think of anywhere she would rather be.

Karen enjoys running and wakeboarding at Smith Mountain Lake.  She spends most of her time with her husband Matt and their rescued Westie named Daisy.

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Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

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Email: news@wsls.com

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