Karen Foshay Investigative Producer

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Karen Foshay is KPCC's Investigative Producer.

Before joining KPCC, Karen worked as a senior producer for KCET's SoCal Connected, where she produced several award-winning stories. Her investigations have triggered criminal and civil investigations and have resulted in legislative changes on the local, state and federal levels. Karen’s crew was the first to film the daily proceedings of the Los Angeles Children's Dependency Court. Her report on the juvenile court system won her an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism.

Karen began her career on the assignment desk at KCAL-TV. She went on to CBS News and eventually NBC News, where she produced stories for Dateline NBC, the Today Show, NBC Nightly News and CNBC. She has also worked in the investigative units at KCBS and KNBC.

During her 20-year career in journalism, Karen has won 14 Emmys, six Golden Mikes, five Los Angeles Press Club Awards, two duPont-Columbia silver batons, a George Foster Peabody Award, a Gracie Award, the Casey Medal and a National Headliner Award. She and her team also received the 2012 Public Service award from the Los Angeles Press Club for their year long investigation into the Los Angeles Housing Authority.

Karen earned her BA in communications from Loyola Marymount University. She is married with two children and her family has called L.A. home for five generations.


Stories by Karen Foshay

Probation targeting doctors who enable workers' comp fraud

L.A. County's Probation Department is checking on doctors who approve questionable workers' compensation claims.

Questionable injury claims spur investigations at Probation Dept.

A review of three years' of Probation Department workers' compensation claims turns up dozens of questionable cases, such as falling out of chairs or tripping in parking lots.

The price of pain: Indictments allege a massive compound cream scam

Prosecutors in the Orange County DA's office accuse an Inland Empire businessman of orchestrating a workers' compensation fraud scheme worth more than $100 million.

The price of pain: Questionable marketing, loose oversight of compound creams

One company uses ex-NFL star Bret Favre to sell its creams. Some firms pay doctors to conduct "studies." Government oversight is spotty.

The price of pain: High costs spur questions about compound creams

It's not uncommon for these pain medications to cost $1,000 or more. Doctors are prescribing them predominantly in workers' compensation cases.

Inglewood school district rates poorly 2 years after state takeover, report finds

Nearly two years after being taken over by the state, Inglewood Unified is still struggling with leadership and fiscal management.

Baby's death linked to alleged massive workers' comp scheme

A doctor indicted for involuntary manslaughter is sued by parents who claim a cream he prescribed killed their 5-month-old infant.

15 indicted in alleged Orange County workers comp fraud scheme

An indictment alleges that a businessman conspired with physicians, chiropractors and pharmacists to bilk the workers compensation system of millions of dollars.

Selling the spine: Doctors profit in the OR, but at whose expense?

California has seen a rapid growth in what are called Physician Owned Distributorships in the spinal device business. Critics argue they create a financial incentive to do more and at times unnecessary surgeries.

Miramonte: High-powered investigation never got off the ground

L.A. Unified Superintendent John Deasy had asked civil rights attorney Connie Rice to head a blue-ribbon inquiry into Miramonte, but she says he later pulled the plug.

Miramonte: LA school district admits having more photos in sex abuse case (updated)

An L.A. Unified lawyer made the admission in a court hearing Wednesday, surprising opposing counsel.

Miramonte details revealed; LAUSD admits destroying abuse records

L.A. Unified admits it destroyed records dating to 1988. Meanwhile, a judge's summary of the Sheriff's investigation into Mark Berndt notes additional alleged crimes.

Donald Sterling: NBA hires audio forensics expert to review recording (UPDATED)

As the NBA tries to authenticate Clippers owner Donald Sterling's voice on a recording of racist remarks, it has hired New Jersey-based audio consultant Tom Owen.

Report: LA County must implement reforms at DCFS (update)

The report concluded: "In eight months of hearing hundreds of hours of testimony, the Commission never heard a single person defend our current child safety system." Officials reacting to the report say the entire child welfare system needs to be changed.

Former top official says Cal/OSHA funds misspent and unspent

Garrett Brown claims the agency overseeing Cal/OSHA's budget is spending worker protection funds on empty office space, and not spending millions more.