Karen Fuller, a favorite reporter and anchor in Arkansas TV news in the 1990s and early 2000s, is returning to Little Rock to join “Wake Up Central,” the early morning newscast at CBS affiliate KTHV, Channel 11.
Fuller was a reporter and anchor for Little Rock’s KATV, Channel 7, until taking a hometown job at Kansas City’s KCTV in 2003. In 2015, she became weekday news anchor at CBS affiliate KGAN-KFXA in Cedar Rapids Iowa. She is a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, but grew up in Arkansas.
She will join Channel 11’s Hayden Balgavy and meteorologist Skot Covert on the morning show, which airs from 4:30 to 7 a.m.
With her two children now in college, Fuller moved back to Arkansas recently to be with her aging mother, she said in a news release. “This feels like the perfect time to be back among the Arkansans who graciously supported me at the start of my career.”
Fuller said one of her earliest news memories was the death of Elvis Presley in Memphis in August 1977. “It was all over TV,” she said. “I wanted to learn how to do what the news people were doing.”
As a newswoman in Little Rock, Kansas City and Cedar Rapids she applied that spirit everyday, covering stories from Cuba to West Africa, and interviewing luminaries like Bill Clinton and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.
But she’s happy to be back where the Arkansas Razorbacks and their fans are always in the spotlight. “They are among the most loyal fans to a team ever.”
KTHV President and General Manager Marty Schack is glad to have Fuller, a self-declared “cat person” and travel aficionado, back in town. “This is a time at THV11 that viewers are going to want to be a part of. We’re so thrilled to welcome Karen.”