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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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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recording Monday, February 20)


Invitation, details and directions (pdf format)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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