March ushers in spring and bids farewell to a crazy winter. The fluctuating warm temperatures made for an unseasonably warm winter that left us wondering, what can possibly be in store for spring? Thankfully we have Karen Minton, a meteorologist at Channel 2 Action News; who not only makes sense out of the bizarre climate patterns but brightens up our mornings. She has become a staple in Atlanta and in many of our homes a tradition along with our morning coffee.
Karen was born in San Pedro, California and raised in Lodi, California. Her aspiration was to become a dentist and therefore, majored in biological science; a decision that would soon be challenged while working for a dentist during the summer. During that summer job she quickly realized that dentistry was not the profession for her, not exactly what she envisioned for her life. As destiny would have it she met up with a friend who worked for an NBC affiliate in Stockton, California. It was there her life would take an unexpected turn that would lead her to her calling.
She decided to go back to school and follow her gut instincts which lead her to broadcasting. While there a professor honed in on her ability and encouraged her, acknowledging her talent and advised her to pursue an internship. In 1984 she received a call from WSB which would lay the path to the next twenty eight years of her life. The budding California girl was about to call Georgia… home.
Now a force to be reckoned with, her days begin at 1:00 am. Yes, you read that right. She arrives at work at 2:30am and is on camera delivering the weather by 4:30am. Her perfect appearance and sunny disposition would never give away her hectic morning pace. Karen is a single mom juggling work and home. When asked how she handled the stresses of work and mother hood she said, “When my daughters were younger I needed to have a support group, when I couldn’t pick up my daughters from school because I was working late”. Her grown daughters Kimberly and Leigh have an empowering role model that has always made sure to surround herself with a network of moms that support each other and are reliable in times of need.
“I kept a chart on a dry erase board with every activity listed. I would always lay out my daughters clothes the night before. I was extremely organized”. Something she encourages all working mothers to cultivate in their daily routines to stay sane and achieve the best in both worlds; work and home.
During Karen’s term at WSB, she has had the privilege to be the guest host on People to People, interview celebrities in the Salute to America 4th of July, and Children’s Health Care of Atlanta Parades. Her work was honored in 1988 with the Associated Press Award for Excellence in Weather Reporting, and in 2008 received an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement Team Coverage of the Americus tornado. Karen is passionate about her work and her achievements are proof of that. “I love the southern hospitality here in Georgia and I love the people”. She is proud to be a part of the Atlanta community and to be welcomed into our homes every morning.