Commissioner Karen Keith, District 2
Karen Keith was elected Tulsa County Commissioner for District 2 in November 2008 and began her second four-year term in 2013. Karen's top priorities for Tulsa County are focused on establishing a new Family Justice Center, working with a broad coalition to secure funding and completion of the Gilcrease Expressway, advocating for federal and local funds to repair the Sand Springs Levee, and working to find efficiencies between governments in Tulsa County. Karen has worked diligently with the help of the Kaiser Beautification Foundation, United Way, and Guts Church members, and numerous volunteers to clean up and improve unincorporated neighborhoods in West and Southwest Tulsa.
Active in civic affairs, Karen spends hundreds of hours each year working to benefit the community and state through several organizations. Karen served as the 100th President and was on the Board of the Rotary Club of Tulsa and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Karen also serves on the Oklahoma Historical Society board of directors. She is a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class XX, The Oklahoma Academy, and the Chambers of Commerce in Tulsa, Jenks, Sand Springs and South West Tulsa. Karen has been involved in the Brookside Business Association for many years and was instrumental in creating Tulsa’s Halloween parade, “BooHaHa”.
Karen grew up in Muskogee. She was active in 4-H and graduated from Muskogee High School in 1972. She put herself through college with scholarships and a variety of jobs. A 1976 graduate of Oklahoma State University, Karen’s degree is in Radio, TV-News and Public Affairs. Karen worked 26 years in broadcasting with 21 years at KJRH as an anchor, reporter, as well as executive producer and host of “Oklahoma Living.” Karen is proudest of her work on documentaries that took her to Vietnam, Israel, Germany, Russia and Mexico.
In 2002, Karen became the Mayor’s Director of Community Relations and Vision implementation. Serving as part of the team focused on Vision 2025, she helped form the Vision 2025 Oversight Committee. She also worked on the Arena and Convention Center Design Committee and the Vision 2025 Downtown Housing Fund Committee.
Following her service at City Hall, Karen worked for the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Partnership Development for the Tulsa Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Karen and her husband, Patrick Malloy, a Tulsa attorney, are fortunate to share their lives with Gulnara Taragachova, a foreign exchange student from Baku, Azerbaijan. Gulnara attended one year of high school in Tulsa followed by classes at Tulsa Community College and graduation from OSU/Tulsa with a degree in International Business. Gulnara now lives in Baku with her daughter Samaya and works for McDermott International, Inc.
- The Journal Record Woman of the Year Honoree 2010.
- Outstanding 4-H Alumnae Award - 1990.
- “Five Outstanding Young Oklahomans” - 1990. Oklahoma Jaycees.
- “Ten Outstanding Young Americans” - 1993. United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees).
- Advocate of the Year - 1994. Karen Keith's Success Stories - Journal Record Publishing.
- Star Award - 1994. Outstanding Individual in Television - National Honor by American Women in Radio and TV.
- Best of Broadcast Television Broadcasting - 2001. American Women in Radio in Tulsa.
- Outstanding Television Personality-Reporter of the Year - 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1999. Tulsa Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television.
- Meritorious Service in the Fight Against Heart Disease - 1992. American Heart Association.
- OSU Distinguished Alumnus Award - 1991.
- 2008 served on the Governor’s Judicial Nominating Committee.
- Outstanding Achievement - Large Market TV Newscast - 1984. Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters.