Karen Dillon, a respected award-winning journalist who was given her walking papers by the Kansas City Star in October after 22 years, has landed a new position with KSHB, Kansas City’s NBC affiliate.
“This is really an exciting day…I’ve been offered a dream job with KSHB’s hard-hitting award-winning investigative team to work as an investigative producer,” said Dillon on her Facebook page. “Thank you all for all your support after I was laid-off at The Kansas City Star.
Ironically, former long-time KMBC/Hearst executive and current KSHB VP/GM Brian Bracco, is bringing in veteran journalists like Dillon while his former station and competitor is dumping veteran talent. During her career Dillon has won more than 30 national, local and regional journalism awards.
A University of Missouri journalism graduate, Dillon has also worked at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the Kansas City Times, Chicago Tribune Media Group, San Jose Mercury News and the Boone News Republican.
Included in her list of awards was the Goldsmith Prize in 2001 from the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, the George Polk Award, Woodward-Bernstein Award (2) and Journalist of the Year by the KC Press Club in 2010.
Dillon made it clear she is ready to get back into the investigative game again.
“From the moment that I was fired by The Star, Ryan Kath (investigative reporter) and Channel 41 came after me as though they were chasing a corrupt politician at KCI,” Dillon told Bottom Line exclusively.
“Ryan, myself, and the I-team are of like minds, I believe, and we won’t leave any stone unturned when examining government malfeasance and bad corporations.”