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Karen Loftus

POSTED: 02:51 PM EDT May 14, 2013    UPDATED: 04:43 PM EDT Mar 21, 2014 
WDBJ7 Sports Anchor/Reporter Karen Loftus

Karen Loftus joined the WDBJ7 team as a the Weekend Sports Anchor/ Reporter in September of 2011.  Before coming to Roanoke, she worked at WHAG in Hagerstown, Maryland as their Sports Director.

She is a 2006 graduate of the University of Richmond, where she earned a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in Rhetoric and Communication Studies. While at Richmond, Karen was a reporter and assistant copy editor for the school newspaper, The Collegian, and also played club volleyball. She also interned with the sports department at WTVR in Richmond.

Originally from Mt. Airy, Maryland, Karen is excited about the move to Southwest Virginia and getting to cover all the great sports in the area. She grew-up going to Smith Mountain Lake with her family and is happy to be living nearby in the Star City. She has always had a passion for sports and stands by the Caps, Skins and O’s no matter what.  When she’s not reporting on sports, Karen spends a lot of her free time playing them. She enjoys playing volleyball, basketball, tennis, going to the gym and running. She also loves to travel and spend time with her family and friends.

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KAREN LOFTUS' STORIES

  • Familiar faces return to Salem Red Sox

    The Salem Red Sox have the earliest start in the ball club's history as they begin their Carolina League title defense Thursday.

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  • Raftery, Lundquist excited about calling UVA-Michigan State game

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    Bill Raftery and Verne Lundquist are two of the most well-known names in sports broadcasting, and on the big stage at Madison Square Garden, the two of them will be on the call for the UVA-Michigan State game Friday night.

  • Altavista tops Radford 49-44 for 1A title; Dan River claims 2A boys title

    Altavista beats Radford for state title

    Altavista topped Radford 49-44, Saturday to win the State Championship in 1A.

  • Mikey O'Brien Hosts Baseball Camp Benefiting Juvenile Diabetes

    For any sport, the work you put-in during the off-season makes all the difference. And many baseball players in the area put-in some work today at Hidden Valley High School for Mikey O'Brien's Baseball Camp supporting Juvenile Diabetes.

  • Josh Stanford's music on and off the field

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    Virginia Tech wide receiver, Josh Stanford, wasn't always so enamored with football. Growing up in Canada, Stanford was more focused on pucks than pigskins.

     

  • UCLA, Virginia Tech put finishing touches on Sun Bowl game plans

    The coaches met with the media for the final time Monday morning, keeping things light and certainly not revealing any information on their games plans for Tuesday.

  • Altavista hopes to keep it on cruise control heading into state semifinal game vs. Haysi

    Altavista semis

    Altavista has cruised through the post-season, as the Colonels find themselves back in the state semis, bidding for the school's first state crown since 2009. Saturday afternoon's 1A match-up between Altavista and Haysi is at 2 p.m.

  • Heritage takes on James Monroe team that has made two straight state championships

    Heritage barely escaped a 7-5 Hidden Valley team last week, with its starting quarterback suffering from the flu.

  • UVA Women Fall in PKs

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    The University of Virginia Women’s Soccer team lost to UCLA 2-1 in penalty kicks Friday night in the NCAA College Cup Semifinals. After a scoreless first half, with no shots on goal, UVA took the 1-0 lead when Makenzy Doniak beat Bruin’s keeper, Katelyn Rowland in the 72nd minute. UCLA tied things up in the 85th minute on a goal by Ally Courtnall, which sent the game into overtime.

  • UVA Men's Soccer Advances to College Cup Semifinal

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    The University of Virginia Men’s Soccer team defeated Connecticut 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. Ryan Zinkhan scored the first goal of the game in the 11th minute to give Virginia the 1-0 lead. UConn tied it up before the half and then in the 62nd minute, Jordan Allen scored the game winner for UVA (13-5-5).  Virginia now advances to the College Cup Semifinals Friday, Dec. 13.

  • UVA Women Lose

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    The University of Virginia’s Women’s Basketball team dropped their 4th-straight game, falling to Michigan 73-53 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Cavaliers trailed by 16 at the half and couldn’t overcome the deficit in the second.  Sara Imovbioh lead Virginia (3-5) with 13 points.

  • Hokie Women Win

    The Virginia Tech Women bounced back from a loss to Richmond Wednesday with a 55-33 win over Presbyterian Saturday. The Hokies took a 20-point lead at the half and kept after it in the second.  Uju Ugoka led the way with 12 point and 12 rebounds, while Taijah Campbell added a double-double of her own with 10 points, 12 rebounds. Virginia Tech (6-1) outrebounded Presbyterian 56-23, as Head Coach…

  • Hidden Valley, Auburn Win Volleyball State Titles

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    Hidden Valley won its first ever state title in volleyball, defeating Warhill in the 3A Championship game 3-2. The Titans won the first  game 25-18 then the Lions won the second 25-23. Game 3 went to Hidden Valley in an extra-point thriller, 31-29, but then once again Warhill tied it up, taking game 4 25-23. The Titans won the 5th and final game 15-9.

  • SPOTLIGHT GAME OF THE WEEK: William Byrd at Heritage

    Heritage knocked William Byrd out of the playoffs in the second round last season on the way to a berth in the state championship game.  This week the Pioneers and Terriers met again at Lynchburg's City Stadium.  Heritage has been flying under the radar just a bit while Byrd has been one of the hottest teams around over the last half of the season.

  • WEEK 11 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Devin Carper

    After a rough start, getting injured in the first defensive series of the first game of the season, Devin Carper is finally healthy and playing the best football of his career.

  • Tech Women Beat Florida

    The Hokie ladies improved to 3-0 on the season with a 71-59 win over Florida. Freshman Vanessa Panousis led all scorers with 24 points, as Virginia Tech got its first ever win over the Gators in their third all-time meeting.

  • WEEK 9 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: D.A. Christian, E.C. Glass

    Amherst County is in control of their own destiny to make the playoffs and took a big step in the right direction last week with their win over E.C. Glass. D.A. Christian had his best performance of his short football career in the Lancers' win, which has earned him Player of the Week honors. 

  • Georgia Tech holds-off UVA

    The University of Virginia dropped its 5th-straight game, losing to Georgia Tech 35-25. UVA only trailed by 4 at the half and got with-in 28-25 with 3:23 to play, but the Yellow Jackets scored with 1:55 to play to seal the win.

  • GAME OF THE WEEK: William Byrd at Northside

    Northside was in bounce back mode this week, fresh off a loss to Botetourt, the Vikings first of the season.

  • E.C. Glass at Heritage

    This week at City Stadium in Lynchburg EC Glass and Heritage staged their annual battle for the Jug Bowl.

  • Franklin Co. at Brookville

    Out off Timberlake Road Brookville welcomed Franklin County to Stinger Stadium.  The Bees were hoping to take a step closer to the playoffs against a disappointing Eagles team.

  • ACC Basketball Will Look Much Different This Season

    The ACC looks vastly different as a basketball conference than it ever has in its rich history, with the addition of three new teams, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse.


  • WEEK 5 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ryheem Dawson, Parry McCluer

    Ryheem Dawson

    Parry McCluer's Ryheem Dawson has helped the Fighting Blues jump-out to a 4-1 start coming into week 6, and had a career game last week against Roanoke Catholic. For his effort, Dawson has been named WDBJ7’s Player of the Week.

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