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

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.

Laws may have been broken at Central Basin Water District

KPCC obtained a copy of the full draft report by the firm hired to investigate the creation of Central Basin's $2.7 million trust fund.

Metropolitan Water District's little-known trips raise questions

A KPCC investigation raises questions about the presence of campaign donors and those with business before the MWD on the agency's weekend field trips to water facilities.

Central Basin Water District may lose its insurance coverage

Central Basin's insurance authority is threatening to pull its coverage because of 'dysfunction' on the water agency's board of directors.

Central Basin Water board censures Art Chacon, keeps general manager

The board votes 3 to 2 to censure Chacon over taking a car allowance while not having a valid license and identifying himself as his brother in a 2011 DUI arrest.

Central Basin ratepayers pick up tab for board member's car accident

Central Basin's insurance authority says Art Chacon's car crash was not work related, but the district paid part of his legal costs arising from the accident.

Gap in law leaves many LA high-rises without sprinkler system

City law exempts pre-1974 high-rise residences from having sprinklers. Fire officials say this is bad policy. The condo industry says the cost doesn't match the risk.

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.