Karen Cruz-Orduña is a digital reporter for KGET and Telemundo Valle Central.
Karen joined the team after graduating with a master’s degree from California State University, Northridge.
Born in Fresno and raised in Madera, Karen learned the meaning of hard work at a young age.
Her parents are labor farm workers who work from sunrise to sunset. Beginning at the age of 7, Karen and her younger brother worked with their parents during weekends, summers and winters. In the summers, Karen picked and packaged grapes. In the winters, she pruned vines. This lifestyle motivated her to make her dreams come true.
Karen became the first in her family to graduate from college when she received her bachelor’s degree at California State University, Northridge with a degree in Human Communication with a concentration in Media Studies and Journalism.
Karen took a job as intern for the CBS Evening News and eventually was promoted to broadcast associate for CBS Weekend News.
While working during the weekend with CBS Network, Karen was hired as a production assistant at KCBS-2/KCAL-9 in Los Angeles.
Juggling two news jobs, Karen was also a full-time graduate student. She was chapter president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
She got her master’s degree in May, 2019.
During her free time, Karen loves to hang out with her parents, brother and friends. As a former cross country runner, she enjoys running and working out. Karen is also a travel bug and loves to explore new cities and countries.