Karen Foss occupied the anchor’s chair for the late evening news at a local TV station longer than any other woman in America. Her television career began in Kansas City as a film editor. In 1979 she began her job as news anchor at KSDK-TV, retiring from Channel 5 in 2006. During her tenure on the market’s highest-rated newscast Foss was an active participant in community activities. In 1985 she received the St. Louis Ambassadors’ Spirit of St. Louis Award. She was given a Woman of Achievement Award in 1989 and the local NAACP gave her its Roy Wilkins Freedom Award in 1992.