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There are a couple of if/then statements (computer nerds understand this) that have shaped Karen Devine's
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If the coach at UCI hadn't told her that the scholarship was being withdrawn because of changes to the way he was running the program and to come back in a couple of semesters, then she wouldn't have started looking at other schools to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.
, 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.
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
Devine was born and raised in Saratoga, Calif., a small town about an hour south of San Francisco, near Silicon Valley.
started running for the Cinders, so named for the crushed cinders used to line the running track, starting at the age of 10.
coach was a former Olympian who would go on to coach other Olympians.
college career at junior college near home, and was ready to take her
talents to UCI
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
"I gained some weight and when I went back to running injured my knee and that ended my running days."
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
One thing the internship also did was to convince Devine
loved the atmosphere of the newsroom, "I preferred news over entertainment," she
"I was more interested in what was going on in the world."
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
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
"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."
has not only grown as a broadcaster during her
time in the valley, she
has raised her
own family here.
husband, Bob Boetto at Fullerton.
and I had a couple of the same classes," she
given up on baseball," Devine
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
"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