Hall of Fame

Karen Foss

Karen Foss began her career in television while still a student at The University of Missouri – Kansas City, working as a temporary secretary. After graduating with honors, the 1976 Communications major continued in various positions at KCMO (now KCTV). She was a production assistant, then film editor, a reporter and then evening news anchor with her mentor, Wendall Anschutz. 

In 1979 she moved across the state to the NBC affiliate KSDK in Saint Louis, where she worked for 27 years. Karen produced numerous special reports and reported from five presidential nominating conventions. She also hosted an hour long program, Face to Face with Karen Foss, where she interviewed local and national newsmakers. 

Karen’s professional awards include membership in the NATAS Silver Circle. She was also named Media Person of the Year by the Saint Louis Press club. She has also won several regional Emmys and the NAACP Roy Wilkins Award, the first to a television journalist.

In addition to her journalistic work, Karen earned frequent recognition as an active volunteer in the community. Among her honors, she was named a Woman of Achievement, honored by Paraquad, received the Spirit of St Louis Award and was named to the YWCA Leader Lunch. 

Karen is the mother of two adult children and grandmother to three. She lives with her husband, Larry Ross, in Santa Fe NM.