Director, Programming & Development Food Network & Cooking Channel
Karen has developed and supervised some of the most successful lifestyle cooking shows on Food Network, including The Pioneer Woman, the Emmy Winning Trisha’s Southern Kitchen with country music star Trisha Yearwood, and The Kitchen, a culinary talk-show. Karen also developed the upcoming primetime series Rewrapped with host Joey Fatone, and supervises the production of Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, Paula’s Best Dishes, and The Big Waste. Under Karen’s leadership, Food Network’s "In the Kitchen" Saturday cooking-themed block of programming is experiencing a significant lift in viewing and engagement, making the network one of the most watched and most engaging in the time period among women ages 25-54.
In 2010, Karen was a key member of the Cooking Channel launch team, developing signature shows such as Unique Eats, Unique Sweets, From the Kitchens Of, Road Trip with G Garvin, andChuck’s Eat the Street. The wildly successful launch was, at the time, the largest in cable history.
Before joining Food Network in 2001, Karen worked in film production as an assistant director and production manager and coordinator. Karen began her career in the entertainment industry at CESD Talent Agency, where she launched a division that serviced the Spanish-speaking commercial voiceover industry.
Karen graduated from Hofstra University in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in theatre production, with a minor in art history and a second concentration in Spanish. Karen lives on Long Island with her husband and their four children