Former Fox Exec, GM Karen Adams Dies At 62

Of her 40-year career in television, she spent 36 at WGHP Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, N.C., rising from camera operator to VP-general manager.

Karen Adams, VP of corporate initiatives at Fox Television Stations until November 2015, died suddenly Nov. 4 from medical complications at her home in High Point, N.C. She was 62. 

Her long television career began at Tribune Media’s Fox affiliate WGHP High Point, N.C., where she started in 1976 as a camera operator.

She worked her way up through the ranks to master control operator, director, producer and VP of programming and community affairs, eventually becoming VP-GM of the station in 1997 (asit became a Fox affiliate) a role she filled until 2013 before becoming VP-GM of the Fox-owned duopoly in Charlotte, N.C., WJZY (Fox)-WMYT (MNT), a position she held until 2015 when she joined Fox Television Stations.

Adams spent 37 years at WGHP and, the station said, “leaves a legacy of community involvement. From Give a Kid a Coat to Gifts for Kids, Karen’s initiatives remain part of the fabric of this station.” 

There will be a celebration of life service Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at English Road Baptist Church in High Point. 

Donations can be made to her favorite charity, Gifts for Kids though the Salvation Army in High Point.


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Robert McAlpine says:

November 7, 2016 at 10:17 am

Karen taught us all so much about the true value of local broadcasting, but must importantly, the human value of being positive active within our communities. Whether it was providing Christmas hope for children, feeding families when they most needed help, providing warmth for a child, cleaning our streams, or being a positive beacon in the darkest of times. Karen Adams was the embodiment of good in the eyes of so many and we all knew that she cared so deeply about her FOX8 WGHP teammates, their families, and the viewers in Piedmont North Carolina. Karen, you were exceptional and the community legacy you have left behind will continue to thank you for decades and generations to follow. Good night Whooz, may you rest knowing how adored and respected you were.

Wolfgang Paul says:

November 7, 2016 at 10:51 am

I never met Karen, but as Dennis Leonard describes, I did hear a number of her WGHP and WJZY colleagues speak in glowing terms about her leadership and caring. My condolences to her family and friends on the loss of a loved and beloved one.

Sena Mourad says:

November 7, 2016 at 6:38 pm

I had the good fortune to know Karen and work with her briefly. She was a class act in every sense. A most talented and gifted human being. A gift to all who knew her.

Suresh Satyamurthy says:

December 30, 2016 at 8:59 am

I had the pleasure of meeting with her a couple of times in the course of business. She was a lady, a dedicated broadcaster and just a great human-being. RIP.