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 eight 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

2 top former OSHA officials accuse state of failing workers

One former official issues a 20-page report in which he lays out his case that the state is not dedicating enough resources to Cal/OSHA to protect workers.

Exclusive: Inmate recalls alleged beating that left him in pool of blood

The victim says he was in the hospital for two weeks after the February, 2009 incident. Two L.A. County Sheriff's Deputies were indicted on Friday.

US Attorney issues another indictment against Sheriff's Dept. (Updated)

Two more sheriff’s deputies are accused of beating an inmate in a 2009 incident that a jail chaplain says he witnessed. Thirteen other deputies were indicted in December.

Central Basin Water District drowning in legal fees

As it searches for unaccounted-for funds, deals with an FBI probe and fights various lawsuits, Central Basin has spent as much as 26 percent of its budget on attorneys.

Tour bus safety: Casinos look the other way, regulators overwhelmed

Casino buses are part of a booming business in California, but as these buses have soared in popularity, a KPCC investigation found regulation has become more lax.

Tour bus safety: Regulators struggle to keep up with casino bus boom

Tour buses can now be found in almost every casino parking lot in California. A recent string of accidents has raised questions about safety.

Memo raises questions about MWD headquarters' seismic fitness

A consultant cites a "potential" for "collapse" in a major quake. MWD insists the $100 million building is safe, and says the consultant used outdated computer models.

Bus company behind bus that crashed in Baldwin Park had checkered past

The company that operates a tour bus that crashed Monday morning on its way back from a casino, injuring 13, had raised safety concerns at the CHP. Drivers for the company were pulled over for inspections 17 times over the past two years.

What happened to $2.7m in Central Basin's trust fund?

The water district transferred $2.7 million into a secret trust fund set up to create an EIR for a water project. One board member called it a "slush fund."

7 arrested at LA County social worker protest

A loud but peaceful demonstration made up of hundreds of people in support of striking L.A. County social workers continued for the fourth day of demonstrations.

The tough choices facing DCFS social workers

County social workers make the difficult calls about whether kids need to be taken from their families. When they do, it's a struggle to find a caregiver.

Update: Calderon targeted in Hollywood bribery sting; FBI seeks leaker

The federal affidavit alleges Calderon accepted almost $60,000 in bribes from an undercover FBI agent. The FBI, meanwhile, is investigating the leak of a document.

Does tiny Maywood need three private water companies?

After years of complaints about Maywood's water, a bill on the governor's desk could provide money to clean up the city’s water – and water politics.

Tax returns show millions spent on salaries, travel at DWP trusts

The utility's union chief says the two training institutes were established because the DWP's training and safety programs were "inefficient" and "expensive."

LA County facing fines for operating unlicensed foster care shelter

Starting Wednesday, Los Angeles could be subject to fines of $200 a day for operating an "unlicensed emergency shelter" for foster care children.