Karen McNew - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Karen McNew

Karen McNew, WSLS 10 anchor and Health Team leader, 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.

  • Karen McNewMore>>

  • Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Develops New Cancer Research Initiative

    Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Develops New Cancer Research Initiative

    Friday, April 18 2014 5:01 PM EDT2014-04-18 21:01:25 GMT
    Virginia Tech Carilion Research Insititue brings in millions of research dollars to the Roanoke Valley.
    Virginia Tech Carilion Research Insititue brings in millions of research dollars to the Roanoke Valley.
  • Roanoke Times Under Investigation Related to Asbestos Removal

    Roanoke Times Under Investigation Related to Asbestos Removal

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:09 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:09:40 GMT
    Roanoke Times third floor renovation Roanoke Times third floor renovation
    "An investigation into employee safety at The Roanoke Times began today," explains Southwest Regional Health Director of The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, Paul Sanier.
    "An investigation into employee safety at The Roanoke Times began today," explains Southwest Regional Health Director of The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, Paul Sanier.
  • VCOM Makes a Difference

    VCOM Makes a Difference

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:29 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:29:56 GMT
    The economy and rural communities are benefiting from more than 10 years since the first class began at the VCOM in Blacksburg. According to research from National Center for Rural Health Works, the total
    The economy and rural communities are benefiting from more than 10 years since the first class began at the VCOM in Blacksburg. According to research from National Center for Rural Health Works, the total VCOM economic impact for Virginia from June 2011 to June 2012 was $119,971,273. Here's a break down $1,312,650 in visitor spending $35,842,137 in student spending $
  • Healthy Roanoke Valley Making Progress

    Healthy Roanoke Valley Making Progress

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 3:58 PM EDT2014-04-15 19:58:13 GMT
    Healthy Roanoke Valley has a new look to go along with the same healthy mission to make change happen. There are 57 different community groups working together to fill the gaps in health care across the Roanoke Valley including Carilion Clinic, Roanoke Valley United Way, Salem VA, LewisGale Medical Center. "We have really started to become what is recognized as a force for change. We have been able to pull a lot of stakeholders together they're working on shared strategies and goals. The en...
    Healthy Roanoke Valley has a new look to go along with the same healthy mission to make change happen. There are 57 different community groups working together to fill the gaps in health care across the Roanoke Valley including Carilion Clinic, Roanoke Valley United Way, Salem VA, LewisGale Medical Center. "We have really started to become what is recognized as a force for change. We have been able to pull a lot of stakeholders together they're working on shared strategies and goals. The en...
  • The View Looks Goode for Alpacas in Bedford County

    The View Looks Goode for Alpacas in Bedford County

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 9:32 AM EDT2014-04-15 13:32:30 GMT
    Animals at A Goode View Alpaca Farm are now ready for spring now. Today is shearing day and in a matter of hours all fifteen animals have a new haircut that suits them much better for the season.
    Animals at A Goode View Alpaca Farm are now ready for spring now. Today is shearing day and in a matter of hours all fifteen animals have a new haircut that suits them much better for the season.
  • New Technology Makes a Difference For Carilion Clinic Heart Patients

    New Technology Makes a Difference For Carilion Clinic Heart Patients

    Friday, April 11 2014 4:36 PM EDT2014-04-11 20:36:21 GMT
    Brenda Glass, Sterling Glass, Dr. Jason FoerstBrenda Glass, Sterling Glass, Dr. Jason Foerst
    Brenda and Sterling Glass are about to go home after a heart procedure that uses new technology at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.Here are the facts:*The new heart valve implant is called the MedtronicCoreValve System*It was approved by the FDAin January*It is less invasive than open heart surgery*6 Carilion Clinic patients havehad the surgery"Ifeel like a new person. Iwalked around and aroundand I am so grateful.I just feel like a new person," says Glass.Cardiologist, Dr. Jason Foerst is one of f...
    Brenda and Sterling Glass are about to go home after a heart procedure that uses new technology at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.Here are the facts:*The new heart valve implant is called the MedtronicCoreValve System*It was approved by the FDAin January*It is less invasive than open heart surgery*6 Carilion Clinic patients havehad the surgery"Ifeel like a new person. Iwalked around and aroundand I am so grateful.I just feel like a new person," says Glass.Cardiologist, Dr. Jason Foerst is one of f...
  • Mythbuster Monday

    Mythbuster Monday

    Friday, April 11 2014 4:01 PM EDT2014-04-11 20:01:31 GMT
    Myth: Eating Carrots improves Your Vision
    Myth: Eating Carrots improves Your Vision
  • Health Department lifts advisory on Pigg River

    Health Department lifts advisory on Pigg River

    Thursday, April 10 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-04-10 21:44:39 GMT
    Paul Chapman, the director of Franklin County Parks and Recreation says the Department of Health has lifted their advisory for the Pigg River.The advisory was prompted by a 30,000 gallon manure spill from a farm upstream. Staff will be removing the warning signs tomorrow morning.No detectable impacts to the Pigg River were found. READ MONDAY'S STORY ON THE SPILL
    Paul Chapman, the director of Franklin County Parks and Recreation says the Department of Health has lifted their advisory for the Pigg River.The advisory was prompted by a 30,000 gallon manure spill from a farm upstream. Staff will be removing the warning signs tomorrow morning.No detectable impacts to the Pigg River were found. READ MONDAY'S STORY ON THE SPILL
  • Understanding Flu Remains a Major Focus of Research

    Understanding Flu Remains a Major Focus of Research

    Thursday, April 10 2014 10:43 AM EDT2014-04-10 14:43:26 GMT
    There are renewed efforts to understand flu and its affects on all of us by the National Institutes of Health.
    There are renewed efforts to understand flu and its affects on all of us by the National Institutes of Health.
  • Rain Will Help Resolve Franklin County Manure Spill

    Rain Will Help Resolve Franklin County Manure Spill

    Monday, April 7 2014 6:53 PM EDT2014-04-07 22:53:13 GMT
    "Signs have been posted along the Pigg River at the Waid Park Recreation area, to advise citizens to avoid recreational use of these waters – swimming, fishing, wading or otherwise coming into contact
    "Signs have been posted along the Pigg River at the Waid Park Recreation area, to advise citizens to avoid recreational use of these waters – swimming, fishing, wading or otherwise coming into contact with these waters - until further notice," according to Virginia
  • West End Center community project is moving forward

    West End Center community project is moving forward

    The West End Center Community Center project is moving forward fast.   Demolition is complete on the site for the new center that will house a Freedom First Credit Union and several other community








    The West End Center Community Center project is moving forward fast.  



    Demolition is complete on the site for the new center that will house a Freedom First Credit Union and several other community services. 



    Groundbreaking for construction is scheduled for March 21st.








    Sent from my iPhone


  • Ask Karen: Building Muscle

    Ask Karen: Building Muscle

    Q: What is the best diet for building muscle? Dr. Ally Bowersock, PhD, Director of Exercise Science at Jefferson College of Health Sciences, "You want to focus on protein intake but not exclusively protein.
    Q: What is the best diet for building muscle? Dr. Ally Bowersock, PhD, Director of Exercise Science at Jefferson College of Health Sciences, "You want to focus on protein intake but not exclusively protein.
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.