Karen Swensen Biography

Karen Swensen is a well-known journalist and reporter famously known for her affiliation with the WWL channel. The award-winning journalist has been a household name for the past several years and is highly respected. She is often called as “Greatest of all time”.

Early Life

Karen Swensen was born on 2nd March in the USA but her exact year and place of birth have not been shared. She grew up in a white Christian family and is believed to be a single child to her parents. other than this, she has never disclosed any information about her parents or family members and prefers to lead a low-key lifestyle. Karen completed her education at Penn State University where she studies political science and Spanish and graduated with her bachelor’s degree. She later went on to study journalism and broadcasting from the Institute of Politics at Loyola University in 2017. She also received her doctorate from Holy Cross University.

Karen Swensen Career

Karen started her career in journalism as a morning news anchor for the NECN channel in Boston. She also worked as a documentary producer with the network and worked with the channel for five years. Meanwhile, she produced the documentary titled “Katrina Flood of Tears”. She later started working at WWL-TV, a CBS Affiliate as a desk assistant in the 1990s. She worked with the channel and read the overnight, one-minute hourly news. Karen was later promoted to Eye Witness News as a reporter and also started co-anchoring Eywitnesss Investigation News alongside a friend and colleague Hoda Kotb.

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While her tenure at WWL, she actively reported the Katarina Hurricane. She is has earned a lot of respect as well as accolades over the years for her work as an investigative reporter. Swensen holds the Gabriel award, Garcia award as well as Associated Press, and club award in acknowledgment for her work. She is also a five-time Emmy Award recipient. Aside from her journalism career, she also runs a T-shirt business named Life’s About Change. She donates her company’s profit proceeds towards cancer research institutes. Recently, this month she has announced her retirement from journalism career and has been receiving a lot of love from her viewers, admirers as well as her colleagues.

Social Media

Karen has been highly active over social media platforms and currently on her Instagram account, she has 5270 followers. She frequently posts about her work, her kids as well as her life experiences. She owns a Twitter account since 2011 and has 9847 followers on the platform.

Karen Swensen Biography

Real Name Karen Swensen
Birth Date 1969
Age (as of 2022) 52 Years
Birth Place New York, USA
Nationality American
Profession Journalist
Religion Christianity
Sun sign

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 5’ 7” – in Centimeters – 170 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 58 kg  –  in Pounds –  127 lbs
Shoe Size 7 (U.S.)
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Brown
Body Type Slim




College Penn State University

Relationship Status

Marital Status Widow
Who is her husband? John Ronquillo
Children Two (Catherine, Matthew)
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Personal Life

Karen was married to her late husband John Ronquillo who died in 2018 due to cancer. Her husband was a police officer in New Orleans. The couple was married for over 18 years and currently, Karen lives with her daughter Catherine and son Matthew.

Karen Swensen Net Worth

Karen Swensen has been actively working as a journalist since the early 1990s and has earned a lot of wealth over the years. She earns an average salary of around $68k and has accumulated a net worth of around $1million as of 2022.


  • Karen has been close friends with colleague Hoda Kotb since 1994 when the two first met at WWL-TV.
  • She was the only female journalist at WWL who recorded the Katerina Hurricane.
  • Karen was among the few journalists who remained back to report the Katerina hurricane while her own daughter was being evacuated.
  • She has won 6 Edward R Murrow regional awards for her work as an investigative journalist.

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