#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino spoke with Karen Hunter about the beginning of her career up through her wild success in journalism, book-writing, radio, and more.
Karen was born and raised in East Orange, New Jersey. She attended Catholic school before studying at Drew University in Madison, NJ. She had intentions to be a lawyer, but after taking the LSATs she decided to try a different path.
Her first job was at a local newspaper, the News Record, in South Orange, NJ. She worked there for three months before landing a job at the Star Ledger. Inspired by writer Filip Bondy, she called up the New York Daily News every day asking for a job.
After winning a Polk Award and Pulitzer Prize for her work at the New York Daily News, she met with L.L. Cool J about writing his memoir. This launched her book-writing career where she wrote memoirs for over thirty people, including fellow #HipNJ native, and Janet Jackson.
Karen then decided to open her own publishing house, after writing five New York Times best sellers.
In the interview Karen tells us, “everything that you pour forth has to move people in some way if you’re going to entertain them and you’re going to educate them… you’re going to inspire them… and so that’s been a thread that I’ve sewn through every single piece of my career. Every book that I’ve put my name on, when you pick it up, you will walk away with something of value.”
Karen’s transition to radio began when she filled in for a morning show host who was on vacation. She was then offered a full-time radio position. Talker’s Magazine declared Karen one of the top 100 talk show hosts in the country.
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