Karen Hosler


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.

Karen Hosler

Oh sure, the second day of Pimlico’s 2016 season was rain-soaked and gloomy. It was so bad the small scrum of spectators for the opening race didn’t even bother to leave the comfort of the freshly scrubbed clubhouse, watching the action on relatively new flat screen TVs instead.

Chris Van Hollen’s victory party last night took on a festive glow long before positive results were more than just exit polls and wishful thinking. It might well be called a moment of affirmation after a bruising campaign. 

Matthew Cole / The Capital


Maryland’s primary election is less than week away. And while the presidential front runners were busy with Tuesday’s New York primary, Republican John Kasich delivered his relentlessly positive message to a sympathetic audience in Annapolis. WYPR’s Karen Hosler was there and joins Morning Edition host Nathan Sterner.

WAMU/Joe Warminsky

The leading challengers in Maryland’s tightly-fought Senate Democratic primary share similar voting records and political philosophies. They’re so evenly matched that they’ve been reduced to quibbling over minor issues, as they did during a radio debate Tuesday. 

WAMU/Joe Warminsky

  Sparks flew quickly Friday as the two leading Democrats seeking Barbara Mikulski’s Senate seat met for the first of what are expected to be several debates.

Kelly Holleran / Edwards campaign

  Little Eva’s 1962 hit Loco-motion set the tone for a Donna Edwards campaign rally in Baltimore’s Station North arts and entertainment district last weekend that was part sock hop, part prayer meeting. Campaign staffer Salima Siler Marriott told three dozen volunteers that it is “really critical at this juncture is that you are able to multiply yourself” to get out the Edwards vote.

Jonna McKone / WYPR


Sean Potter, NOAA.

Barbara Mikulski takes off this week on the victory lap of her career as the Senate’s longest serving woman.

Friends and allies say that thanks in part to her, the exclusive 100-member body she’s leaving is much changed from the old boys club the social worker from East Baltimore burst into three decades ago. Mikulski blew past a sitting governor and an influential Congressman to arrive in the august marble chamber in 1987, one of only two women in the Senate. Thanks in part to her efforts, there are now 20 women senators; not near equal to the 50 percent female share of the US population, but a huge improvement. 

Karen Hosler / WYPR

US Senator Barbara Mikulski has been awarded the nation's highest civilian honor: the Medal of Freedom. The longest-serving woman in the history of the US Congress was hailed as a groundbreaking champion of women's rights, and celebrated for her career-long activism. WYPR's Karen Hosler was at yesterday's White House ceremony, and tells us some of what happened.

Karen Hosler

The gaggle of top state officials, close family members and long-time friends who turned out Wednesday to bid farewell to Marvin Mandel bore witness to the former governor’s broad bipartisan style.