Karen Abernathy

Karen Abernathy

News Anchor

Biloxi, MS

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.

Recent Articles by Karen

  ‘Young, healthy’ South Mississippi man suffers stroke hours after receiving J&J vaccine

  Testing remains important part of COVID-19 fight

  Virtual town hall meetings on COVID-19 and the vaccine happening Thursday

  ‘The number of emergencies has tripled’: The importance of cardiovascular health amid the pandemic

  WLOX anchor Rhonda Weidner reflects on 32 years of covering the Coast ahead of her retirement

  A look at Mississippi’s hospitalization numbers as COVID cases continue to climb

  Shark receives successful spinal surgery from Ocean Springs surgeon

  New spinal surgery technique allowing patients to recover faster

  Biloxi couple recovering from COVID-19

  Former Biloxi restaurant owner worried about family in Italy

  South Mississippi Strong: Going above and beyond to help save animals

  Coast man battling heart disease shares message of hope

  Coast patient loves new diabetes technology

  New hip replacement surgery on the coast offers faster recovery for patients

  One Pass Christian brother and sister help give the gift of life

  Coast woman shares what she’s learned from her inspiring weight loss

  Backstage at ‘Elf the Musical’ at the Mary C.

  South Mississippi Strong: Pass Christian runner sprinting towards the Olympics

  Unexpected stroke prompts small business owner to get proactive about health

  Doctors encourage people to start preparing for flu season now

  South Mississippi Strong: One woman’s inspiring journey to recover from a brain tumor

  Backstage at ‘A Chorus Line’ at Biloxi Little Theatre

  Former law enforcement officer faces long road to recovery after double organ transplant

  U.S. News recognizes Gulfport Memorial Hospital as Best Regional Hospital

  A backstage look at the Walter Anderson Theater Project’s ‘Xanadu’

  Backstage at Center Stage’s ‘Godspell’

  Gulfport church sponsors boys mentoring program focused on STEM

  Living with Scleroderma: Long Beach woman stays active despite debilitating condition

  “We’re living happily ever after”: Biloxi couple’s love story endures for 72 years

  Garden Park Medical Center to offer more heart care services