Karien is a graduate of Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, where she majored in Communications and minored in Religion. Awarded her degree on May 13, 2018, she moved out of her dorm, back home to Wooster, Ohio and immediately began arranging to move to Columbus, Georgia.
Karien was to start her first job with a competing station on May 30. After a few months getting to know the broadcast ropes, she joined the team at WRBL in January, 2019.
While at Heidelberg, Karien was an active member of Delta Sigma Chi, a local sorority that supported a number of charitable causes in the community. When she was a freshman, the director of the campus TV station, WHEI, recruited her to work at the station. The job lasted through her senior year. Her boss then helped her find her first job in the business and pushed her to apply.
Karien looks forward to her trips back to Ohio to see her parents, grandparents, her two married brothers and her nephew, Jayden. Her newest hobby is learning to sew. She enjoys spending time with her animals and watching television and movies.