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 May 15, 2005
Karen Adams
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Karen Adams is the award winning anchor at Eyewitness News. Her broadcasting career began in radio, but she quickly moved into television news. She was worked as a reporter, anchor and news director for television stations in Missouri , Maryland and North Carolina.

During her years in broadcasting, Karen has won many awards for her work. She won the coveted Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Individual Achievement in Anchoring for all of New England. She recently received another Emmy as part of an Overall team effort on coverage of a breaking news story. Many Associated Press awards have come her way for outstanding reporting and feature reporting.

While working in Maryland , Karen received the �Gavel Award� from the Maryland Bar Association for her documentary on the Maryland judicial system and was recognized for this work in the Maryland state senate.

As news director, her news operation has won many Associated Press awards including �Best Newscast".

Karen�s reporting has taken her from coverage of hurricanes in the south to political reporting in Washington, D.C. She traveled on a Far East trade mission with two United States governors, sending reports back to the states from Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan ; Seoul, South Korea and Hong Kong . A trip to Cape Verde resulted in coverage of the country�s first democratic election. She covered the economic impact of the movement of factory jobs from New England to Mexico. Many of her live anchoring stints have included coverage of sporting events, most notably her trips to the Super Bowl to report on the New England Patriots.

The big stories in Rhode Island will generally find Karen live from the scene. She has added to her responsibilities a column that appears weekly in the Providence Journal on Thursdays in the Weekend Live section. The �Best Bets� segment highlights an entertainment venue as a weekend choice for readers.

She also co-hosts on a monthly basis �Today�s National Guard� in which she helps present stories and information about the Rhode Island National Guard. This program in which she works with General Reginald Centracchio, head of the Rhode Island National Guard, airs on the Rhode Island PBS station, WSBE-TV.

Karen�s community involvement is far-reaching and extensive. She is A director on the board of Bank RI; a board trustee with Community Preparatory School in Providence (an innovative school with provides scholarships and education to inner-city disadvantaged children; a board trustee with Meeting Street; corporate board member for Butler Hospital; Friends of Lincoln School; Friends of the Sophia Academy and an honorary �Big Sister� with the Big Sisters of Rhode Island.

Her past board member positions have included Trinity Repertory Theatre, Providence Animal Rescue League, Diabetes Foundation of Rhode Island and Eastman House.

Right now, she is part of a three member capital campaign committee working to raise fourteen million dollars for the new Meeting Street Center of Excellence which will be located in south Providence . Her fundraising Efforts on behalf of many organizations include hosting and emceeing events for Alzheimer�s Association; East Bay Community Action Coalition; House of Hope; Literacy Volunteers of Rhode Island; MADD; Wolf School; Stadium Theatre of Woonsocket ; Hasbro Children�s Hospital; Women�s Health Initiative; Special Olympics and many, many more.

Over the past few years, Karen has received many honors. She received the �Woman of Distinction� award from the Miss Rhode Island/Miss America Scholarship Pageant. She was named �Outstanding Career� woman by the Providence Business and Professional Women. The Rhode Island Civic Chorale honored her for �outstanding contributions to the arts�. She was named an �Unsung Hero� by Meeting Street . She began hosting the telethon for Meeting Street when she first arrived in Rhode Island and her commitment for the school which helps children with developmental disabilities continues to this day.

She has been the winner many years in the statewide reader�s poll by Rhode Island Monthly Magazine as �Favorite Female Anchor.�

Several organizations have honored Karen by �roasting� her as a fundraiser � those charities include Aids Project Rhode Island ; Harmony Hill School and the Cranston Lions Club.

There are also the many walks for charities including the annual �Making Strides against Breast Cancer� for the American Cancer Society; Ronald McDonald House walk and the annual �Walk for Life� for Aids Project Rhode Island which she has been honorary chair for a number of years.

 Because of her love of golf, she co-chairs many golf tournaments every year including the Memories and Miracles Tourney with Roger Williams Hospital , raising money for breast cancer awareness.

Karen is in great demand on the speaking circuit addressing various clubs and organizations; helping with forums at school, the United Way and Graduations. She has also been a featured keynote speaker for many organizations talking about dealings with the media, communications and The importance of volunteering.

Karen was born on the 4 th of July in Nevada , Missouri . She graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with a degree in Speech and Theatre and minor in Journalism.

She is married to a native Rhode Islander and they make their home in Lincoln .

She is an avid tennis player and golfer. She�s a member of the Rhode Island Women�s Golf Association and the Ocean State Women�s Golf Assocation and has a golf club championship to her name.

Karen says one of her biggest thrills every year is the invitation to play in the CVS Charity Classic Pro-Am, where she�s had the opportunity to meet the best players in the world in golf, including her two favorites, Arnold Palmer and Freddy Couples.

Even though there are great demands on her time, Karen believes in giving back to the community.

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