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

  Garden Park Medical Center to offer more heart care services

  Weekend walk dedicated to Long Beach family battling devastating genetic disease

  Gulfport mother works hard to keep family’s life normal while living with lupus

  South Mississippi Strong: Eighth grader battles brain cancer with smile, positive attitude

  How colonoscopy screenings save lives and why you may need one