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

Dirty, dangerous conditions persist at Inglewood schools

A month after a KPCC investigation spurred a cleanup promise, L.A. County finds exposed wires, structural damage and filthy conditions at some Inglewood Unified schools.

LAUSD expert argues low IQ can mean less suffering from sex abuse

The expert testified that a 9-year-old girl's mental disability was a "protective factor" that possibly lessened her emotional suffering from sexual assaults.

$140M settlement in Miramonte civil suit against LAUSD [updated]

The case involved dozens of students suing L.A. Unified over its handling of the Mark Berndt sex abuse case. It is the largest payout ever for LAUSD.

LAUSD takes away 14 cases from law firm after remarks on lawsuit

W. Keith Wyatt had come under fire for saying that a child's decision to cross a busy street is as dangerous as deciding to have sex with a teacher.

LAUSD removes attorney who argued middle schooler can consent to sex with teacher [updated]

L.A. Unified said its decision was the result of comments attorney W. Keith Wyatt made to KPCC on Thursday.

LAUSD argued middle schooler can consent to sex with teacher [updated]

The L.A. Unified School District also introduced 14-year-old girl's sexual history while fighting a 2013 civil suit. Legal experts criticize the school district's tactics.

KPCC investigation reveals questionable tactics LAUSD used to defend rape lawsuit

Last November, Los Angeles Unified School District lawyers fighting a civil lawsuit argued in court that a 14-year-old middle school student was mature enough to consent to having sex with her 28-year-old teacher, and that she bore some responsibility for what happened.

Inglewood High School cleanup follows KPCC report

KPCC found dilapidated buildings, faulty fire alarms and filthy restrooms at Inglewood Unified schools. The state trustee says repairs and cleanup are in the works.

Inglewood schools: Rats, damage despite millions in state funds

Holes in classroom floors and gym ceilings, inadequate fire alarm systems, filthy bathrooms at some Inglewood schools more than two years after a state takeover.

Miramonte: 5 things to watch for as sex abuse trial begins

As the trial gets underway Tuesday, watch for arguments over what constitutes abuse, document shredding, what Sup. John Deasy knew and more.

Michael Drobot sues attorneys who are suing him

Drobot, who pleaded guilty to a massive workers compensation fraud scheme, files a defamation suit against lawyers who have filed suits against him.

Surgery patients allege fake screws were implanted

A slew of new cases were filed Friday against a former hospital executive and his network alleging counterfeit hardware was implanted in patients' spines.

Inglewood schools trustee apologizes for 'insensitive' remarks

Don Brann had told KPCC that he needed a CHP security detail because he was concerned about his safety working in Inglewood.

Bell Gardens mayor Crespo had a history of angry outbursts

Slain Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo had a long history of abusive confrontations with City Hall colleagues, generating at least two monetary claims against the city.

Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo shot and killed; wife held

Bell Gardens' mayor Daniel Crespo has been shot during a domestic dispute; police are holding his wife, Levette, who allegedly shot him several times.