Imagine turning on your TV to find Karen Abernathy giving you the news on one station and David Elliott giving you the news on another channel. That's what used to happen in Jackson, Mississippi in the mid 80s. Dave worked at WJTV and Karen worked across town at WAPT.
Both came to WLOX in 1985 and have been an anchor team ever since, even being inducted into the Mississippi Broadcast Hall of Fame together.
You can see them both on The 4 O'Clock Show and WLOX News at 5:00 p.m. But Karen's not just an anchor. She's also the WLOX health reporter.
"I love bringing people information that can really make a difference in their lives," Karen says.
Her Healthwatch reports are very popular.
"Health news is a challenge to keep up with because there is so much research. And that research leads to new advances in medicine everyday."
Karen also works throughout the year on special health projects like the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway. Every year, Karen hosts the giveaway bringing us stories about South Mississippians who are treated at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Karen also enjoys acting in local stage productions. She's had the lead role in several of them. Her love of the theater led to the creation of the WLOX Backstage report. Backstage allows Karen to give you a preview of local plays during WLOX News at 5:00 p.m. when they are ready to open.
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New FDA approved technology is helping insulin-dependent diabetics gain more control over their blood sugar levels. Lisa Boccaleri is one of the first patients on the coast to try it out, and says she loves it.
“A Chorus Line” opened on Broadway in 1975 and was the longest-running production in Broadway history until Cats came along in 1997. Now, you have a chance to see a local production of this iconic musical at Biloxi Little Theatre.