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Catching Up With Longtime St. Louis Television Personality Karen Foss

(March 26, 2019)  Longtime television personality Karen Foss talked about her role in news coverage and her take on the industry today on Tuesday's "St. Louis on the Air."
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For 27 years, Karen Foss was a familiar face for many people in the St. Louis region. She worked as a TV anchorwoman for KSDK (Channel 5) from 1979 until her retirement in 2006.

Foss has since moved away from the city where she played such a significant role in news coverage. But she returned to town this week and joined Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air for a conversation with host Don Marsh.

Among her favorite experiences working for KSDK was the time she accompanied her daughter to China to adopt her granddaughter Caroline. Another memorable moment during her journalism career, she said, was witnessing the Great Flood of 1993.

“It impacted me personally, as well as professionally,” Foss recalled. “It was a terrible tragedy for those affected … but the great work that our newsroom turned out and our reporters – I felt – really rose to the occasion. When I [would] go home, I would continue to watch our coverage.”

Listen to the full discussion:

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Foss will be making another trip to St. Louis later this spring as the honorary chair and emcee of Craft Alliance’s Makers Ball set for May 3.

St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh and producers Alex HeuerEvie HemphillLara Hamdan and Jon Lewis give you the information you need to make informed decisions and stay in touch with our diverse and vibrant St. Louis region.

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Evie is a producer for "St. Louis on the Air" at St. Louis Public Radio.
Lara is the Engagement Editor at St. Louis Public Radio.

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