Karen Hosler, WYPR’s State House Bureau Chief, has been a member of the news team since 2008 and a regular commentator for Inside Maryland Politics with Fraser Smith. From time to time, she has also pulled stints as a producer for Midday with Dan Rodricks. She often jokes on the air that she’s become a “girl of all trades” at the station. Karen brings to WYPR rich experience well-suited to her various radio roles. During a long career at the Baltimore Sun as an award-winning reporter and editorial writer, she covered politics and policy in both Washington and Annapolis, and served as president of the White House Correspondents Association. Along the way, she has chronicled the adventures of some of Maryland’s most famous and infamous characters. She also gained a deep understanding of issues with a particular impact on our state. Despite her hard news background, Karen’s journalism honors have often been in the feature category. She won a first place Mark Twain award from the Associated Press for an intimate first-person account of former Governor Marvin Mandel’s love affair with a wife dying of ALS, and first place for editorial writing from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association about 2002 Preakness winner Funny Cide. Horses and running figure prominently in Karen’s personal interests. Her spare time is mostly spent running or riding her horse, Jasmine. Karen, her husband, Alan, and dog, Dooley, live in Annapolis just a few blocks from the State House.