Karen Schaler is a three-time Emmy award-winning screenwriter, TV producer, author and national TV host.
On the film side, one of Karen’s novels, represented by CAA, was optioned by Storyline Entertainment’s Neil Meron and Craig Zadan where Karen worked with the development team as the sole screenwriter adapting her novel into a screenplay for a feature film.
In television, Karen has a holiday romantic comedy coming out in late 2017.
Karen credits her passionate and prolific writing style to her background as a television broadcast journalist where she was the first TV journalist ever embedded with troops in Bosnia and wrote, executive produced and hosted an Emmy award-winning half-hour TV documentary that aired on NBC.
Karen was also the first journalist ever embedded with a combat Apache helicopter unit in Afghanistan where she wrote, executive produced and hosted an Emmy award-winning one-hour TV documentary that aired on ABC.
After her time in Afghanistan Karen re-launched her career to focus more on her scriptwriting for both TV & Film.
Karen wrote, produced and hosted ABC’s weekly half-hour national travel show, Travel Now, and created her own trademarked Travel Therapy TV series inspired by book, Travel Therapy: Where Do You Need to go?
Karen’s Travel Therapy TV segments currently air nationally in airports across the country and on WABC-TV in New York City during Good Morning America Weekends, Live with Kelly and Ryan, and Rachael Ray.
Karen is a sought after travel and lifestyle keynote speaker, spokesperson, SMT correspondent, and on-air expert appearing live on NBC’s TODAY, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, BBC, Fox News Channel, Fox & Friends, ABC, MSNBC’s Countdown, Daily Dish, Huffpost Live, Martha Stewart Living Radio and on local TV and radio stations across the country.
In addition to her television work Karen’s publishing credits include The New Yorker, Boston Globe, AOL, New York Daily News, abcnews.com, Travel + Leisure, Town & Country, Islands magazine, Huffington Post, Delta Sky, US Airways Magazine, Hemispheres and SilverKris: Singapore Airlines magazine.
Karen grew up outside of Seattle and in Los Angeles and graduated with honors from California State University Fullerton with a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Sociology.