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Karen Henderson
News Director, WRKF

Karen Henderson earned a B.A. in Journalism from Louisiana State University, and minored in Business Administration. She began her radio career in college at KLSU, where she hosted a Sunday morning program called Morning Star, airing Contemporary Christian music.

She spent several years in commercial radio working various positions including Music Announcer, Public Affairs Director, and Production Manager before finding her niche in news. She has worked as News Director for WIBR-AM in Baton Rouge and as a reporter for Louisiana Network.

In 1996, she joined WRKF as Assistant News Director and local Morning Edition host, and became News Director the following year. Karen provides the WRKF listening audience with local news and information while working closely with National Public Radio. She was picked by NPR to participate in a special reporter training program in Washington, D.C., and has become a frequent contributor to NPR broadcasts. Her stories have aired on the news magazines Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.

You can listen to Karen Henderson, weekday mornings on WRKF.

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01/17 - Healthy New Year!

What is the best approach to shedding pounds in a state where cuisine is part of its culture?

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January heralds the beginning of a New Year and for many, a resolution to practice a healthier lifestyle. According to the 13th annual State of Obesity report, Louisiana now has the highest rate of adult obesity in the country.

So, what is the best approach to shedding pounds in a state where cuisine is part of its culture? Which diet is the most effective for losing weight? What weight loss surgeries are available and how safe are they? And what role does exercise play in the health equation? Louisiana Public Square searches for answers on “Healthy New Year!” Wednesday, January 25 at 7pm on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, January 24)

Do you have a story of weight loss challenges and success that you want to share? Be a part of our audience when we record “Healthy New Year!” on Tuesday, January 24 at 7 p.m. at LPB. Email your contact information to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Seating is limited, so reply soon!




Our panelists are:
• Drake Bellanger, M.D., Weight Loss Surgical Centers of Louisiana
• Catherine Champagne, Ph.D. , Pennington Biomedical Research Center
• Stephanie Ellwood, Southern University AgCenter
• Rudy Macklin, Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports


LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and family physician and author, Dr. Rani Whitfield, moderate the discussion.


Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check the station websites for schedules.



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