Kari Osep joined the WJAC-TV news team as a sports reporter for the State College bureau in September 2015. She left the sunny desert of Arizona behind to follow her dreams of sports storytelling to Pennsylvania - making this her first time ever living on the east coast. And she's very excited to be reporting on the stories of Pennsylvania athletics, ranging from Penn State to local high school teams.
Kari graduated summa cum laude from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State in May 2015. There, she was a sports reporter for Cronkite News, the award-winning daily newscast on Arizona's PBS. As a sports reporter, she covered Super Bowl XLIX and the Arizona Diamondbacks' 2015 spring training and reported. She also anchored and produced for Cronkite Sports on FOX Sports Arizona. While in school, she interned for the Phoenix NBC affiliate, 12 News KPNX, the Arizona Diamondbacks and FOX Sports Arizona. She also worked with the PAC-12 Networks as a camera operator and runner.
One of her most memorable times at ASU was when she made an appearance on the Today Show for leading a social media campaign (#SunDevilsHeartToday) to get the attention of the national show and was surprised on-air by Al Roker in Phoenix. She was the 2014 Mark of Excellence Award national winner in the Television Sports Reporting category for a long form feature she produced titled, Concussions: It's a Girl Thing, Too. This piece also won her a student Emmy in the sports category for the Rocky Mountain Chapter. She also won a student Emmy in the photography category for her shooting on a story she produced called The Greener Side of Golf.
Though she may be far from home, Kari is very grateful for the opportunity she has to grow as a journalist here in Central PA while building relationships within this community. She is a firm believer that everyone has a story to tell, and she will strive to share these stories through captivating videography and reporting.