Karen Meyer, ABC 7 Eyewitness News Reporter on Disability Issues, has been awarded a 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chicago Headline Club, the largest Society of Professional Journalists chapter in the country. Karen and two other veteran journalists, Bill Kurtis and Tracy Baim will be honored at the 37th annual Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism banquet on Friday, May 2. The Chicago Headline Club says this year's honorees represent journalism at their best.
According to Jennifer Graves, Vice President &News Director, "Karen has truly broken ground in television journalism. Her reporting on issues pertaining to people with disabilities sheds light on stories ignored by most media outlets. Her work is something of which we can all be proud."
Meyer joined the ABC 7 Eyewitness News team in 1991. When she's not at ABC 7 Chicago, Meyer speaks and trains on disability issues and has been teaching at DePaul University since 2003. During her career she's been honored with countless awards not only for her work, but for her leadership and service, including an Emmy Award, and awards from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the National Rehabilitation Association, Easter Seals, among others. In addition, Meyer was selected as one of the Chicago Tribune's "Remarkable Women" in 2012. She was recognized as "One of the 100 Women Who Are Making a Difference in Chicago" by Today's Chicago Woman magazine.
A long-time advocate for the disabled, Meyer was appointed by President Clinton to be the Vice Chairperson of the President's Committee on Employment for People with Disabilities in 1994.
Karen Meyer is a native Chicagoan. She and her husband live on Chicago's North Side.