For 20 years, Karlen graced Nashville’s morning drive radio scene as producer and co-host of the popular “Teddy Bart’s Round Table”. A communications grad from the University of Tennessee, she wanted a job where she could create, thus it was a short jump from ad agency life to radio copy writing, that shifted her career path to broadcasting.
As a breather in their oft heated political debates, Karlen’s co-host spun a feature around her favorite hobby of collecting words and phrase origins dubbing it, “I Didn’t Know That” and thus, a new chapter of her life was born: writing books and newspaper columns.
Armed with engaging personality, girl-next-door-looks and a good head on her shoulders, Karlen soon made her way to TV, starting first as a weather girl on WSMV’s “Saturday Morning Show”. Later, she and her co-host, would create a lunch show from Music Row, a weekend political show and a televised simulcast of their daily political Round Table, which was syndicated statewide.
At home on either side of the mic, Karlen acknowledges she is happiest when creating, and jumped when asked if she’d consider doing a cookbook of family recipes. Recruiting her retired father and uncle (founder of Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores) to serve as her board, she created K. Rose Publishing, Inc. to launch her own line of cookbooks, trivia books, and the like, expressly for the gift industry.
In 2004 Karlen received her Masters in Divinity from Vanderbilt University, and today serves as a practitioner with Nashville’s Center for Spiritual Living. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys yoga, meditation and renovating houses. A volunteer and advocate for Nashville’s homeless, Karlen presently serves as Board President for Room in the Inn.
A life-long Tennessean, Karlen shares her home and farm with pups, Minsky, Rosey and TJ, one kitten (ka-Boodles), three fish, two frogs and nineteen pygmy goats (with more on the way)!