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KMIR-TV

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KMIR-TV

72920 Park View Drive

Palm Desert, California 92260

United States

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News Channel 3

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KESQ

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California State University , Fullerton

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Radio/TV/Film with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism

California State University , Fullerton

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There are a couple of if/then statements (computer nerds understand this) that have shaped Karen Devine's career. If she hadn't been a member of the San Jose Cinders team, then she wouldn't have been offered a scholarship to run track and cross country at UC Irvine.
If the coach at UCI hadn't told her that the scholarship was being withdrawn because of changes to the way he was running the program and to come back in a couple of semesters, then she wouldn't have started looking at other schools to go to and found CalState Fullerton.
And finally, if she hadn't injured her knee ending her running career, a college advisor might not have signed Devine up for the newly created broadcast journalism program at Fullerton and we wouldn't have her bringing the Coachella Valley the news, with John White, week nights at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. on KESQ TV3.
Devine, 49 - "I'll be 50 next July," she said with a bit of amazement in her voice, earlier this week - has been a fixture on Coachella Valley newscasts since 1992. Her life has grown and changed along with her career in front of the cameras as long-time residents have watched her mature from an eager reporter to a seasoned broadcaster with a wealth of knowledge of the valley she covers.
Devine was born and raised in Saratoga, Calif., a small town about an hour south of San Francisco, near Silicon Valley. She started running for the Cinders, so named for the crushed cinders used to line the running track, starting at the age of 10.
Her coach was a former Olympian who would go on to coach other Olympians. She started her college career at junior college near home, and was ready to take her talents to UCI when she was sidelined by the coach.
After a semester of living with her sister and friend in Newport Beach, free for the first time in 10 years, "I had no one watching what I ate and making me practice," she said. "I gained some weight and when I went back to running injured my knee and that ended my running days."
She looked at CalState Long Beach in her search for a new school after being sidetracked by UCI, before making the decision to go to Fullerton.
"I had no idea of what I wanted to do," she said.
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One thing the internship also did was to convince Devine while she loved the atmosphere of the newsroom, "I preferred news over entertainment," she said. "I was more interested in what was going on in the world."
During her time at CalState, Devine worked for a cable station where she covered local government. "I liked going to the city council meetings and reporting on what happened," she said.
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One landed at KMIR and following an interview with station management, Devine went on the air in February 1992. She worked at KMIR for 17 year before moving to KESQ nearly five years ago. "I loved working at KMIR," she said. "It was my first affiliate job and I learned all the lessons of working at a small station."
It's where she became "seasoned" as a reporter and anchor. "When I was first sending out tapes, almost every job description said they were looking for a 'seasoned' reporter and at the time I had no idea what that meant. But over the years I understood. You need experience to be really good."
Devine has not only grown as a broadcaster during her time in the valley, she has raised her own family here. She met her husband, Bob Boetto at Fullerton. "He and I had a couple of the same classes," she recalled.
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Instead, "he's given up on baseball," Devine says. "Now he's a DJ on campus and in the broadcasting department."
As for Devine, the switch to KESQ has been good one. "I feel very lucky to be here," she said. "I've been doing more, interviews with Katie Couric and Jimmy Kimmel in Hollywood and President Obama on the tarmac when he was here and how they all relate to the valley."
On a personal level, Devine sees herself at a crossroads. For the woman who has lived spending 90 minutes a day taming her wild curly hair and covering her freckles for the television camera, she is looking at a time when she can be herself.
"My husband and I are trying to figure out what we want to do next with our lives," she said.


KMIR6 TV - the NBC affiliate in Palm Springs, California. News, Weather, Sports. > Anchor Bio

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Karen Devine is celebrating her 15 years with KMIR.She has been anchoring the news in the desert since 1992.Karen was named Woman of the Year 2007 for the State of California.Senator Jim Battin nominated Karen for the 37th Senate District.
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Karen graduated from California State University, Fullerton in 1989 with a degree in Radio/TV/Film with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism.Straight out of college she worked for CNN on "Showbiz Today" in Hollywood.After a year of field producing she went to the City of Walnut where she reported and anchored for a weekly news program called, "A Week in Walnut."
Karen was hired by KMIR 15 years ago as a field reporter.After two weeks on the job she was promoted to 11 p.m. anchor.In 1995 Karen was promoted to News Director.As News Director, Karen was in charge of a staff of forty including reporters, photographers, producers, anchors and editors while continuing to anchor the 5 and 6 o'clock newscasts.
As News Director, Karen and the staff created a 5 p.m. weekly newscast, weekend newscasts and an hour long morning show.The deaths of Congressman Sonny Bono and entertainer Frank Sinatra, both local residents, brought the national spotlight to the desert.The national attention resulted in a live weekly cut-in with MSNBC and Karen Devine televised nationally from KMIR studios.
For over eight years Karen free-lanced as an Anchor for RTNDA, Radio Televison News Directors Association, NATPE, National Association of Television Program Executives and RIMS, Risk and Insurance Management Society.
Karen is busy during the year with speaking engagements here in the Coachella Valley including: Peace Officers Appreciation Awards, Youth Groups, Principal for the Day, School reading groups and the Jefferson Awards, just to name a few.
Karen is married with two young boys, Zach and Tony.Karen and her husband Bobb spend their weekends at baseball games and soccer matches cheering on the boys.
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Karen Devine is an award winning journalist who brings almost 20 years of local news experience to KESQ.
Covering the stories most important to our viewers, Karen gets the big interviews that impact the Coachella Valley.
In 2011, Karen won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her two part series, "It Happens to Boys. The series dealt with the troubling truths of child sexual abuse.
In 2009, Karen took home an Emmy for her in depth coverage of prescription drug abuse and teens. She's received four other Emmy Awards highlighting her hard work and dedication to broadcast journalism.
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Readers of The Desert Sun Newspaper voted Karen "Best of the Best" three times. Readers of Palm Springs Life Magazine voted her "Most Popular" news personality in the valley.
Karen graduated from Cal State University, Fullerton. She started her career working behind the scenes on CNN's "Showbiz Today. She worked two years for the City of Walnut on a weekly news program. Karen joined KMIR , the NBC affiliate in the desert in 1992. During her 17 years there she was the primary Anchor, reported on the big stories in the valley and served as News Director for four years.
Karen currently co-anchors the 5, 6 & 11 o'clock news on KESQ News Channel 3.
Married with two sons, Karen feels truly blessed to call the Coachella Valley home.


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Karen Devine is an award winning journalist who brings over 21 years of local news experience to KESQ News Channel 3.
Covering the stories most important to our viewers, Karen gets the big interviews that impact the Coachella Valley. Including most recently,
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Karen is a two-time regional Edward R. Murrow Award winner. In 2013, Karen took home the prize for her special report, "Right to Die. The story highlighted the trials and tribulations of an elderly Palm Springs man accused of killing his terminally ill wife.
In 2011, the Murrow Award was presented for Karen's two part series, "It Happens to Boys. The series dealt with the troubling truths of child sexual abuse.
In 2009, Karen took home an Emmy for her in-depth coverage of prescription drug abuse and teens. She's received four other Emmy Awards highlighting her hard work and dedication to broadcast journalism.
Karen was recognized by Assemblyman Brian Nestande and presented with the 2013 Woman of Distinction Award.
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California Senator Jim Battin named Karen, Woman of the Year in 2007.
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The Coachella Valley community is very important to Karen who headlines numerous speaking engagements every year. Readers of The Desert Sun Newspaper voted Karen "Best of the Best" three times. Readers of Palm Springs Life Magazine voted her "Most Popular" news personality in the Valley.
Karen graduated from California State University, Fullerton. She started her career working behind the scenes on CNN's "Showbiz Today."
She worked two years for the City of Walnut on a weekly news program. Karen Joined KMIR, the NBC affiliate in the desert in 1992. During her 17 years there she was the primary News Anchor, reported on the big stories in the valley and served as News Director for four years.


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- Karen Devine, KMIR news anchor, remembering the late John Conte, who founded KMIR-TV

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