For nearly two decades, Beth Karas has offered insight, analysis, and on-the-spot reporting on legal stories from courthouses across the country. In a 2007 interview, Larry King called her “one of the best in the business.” Over the years, numerous attorneys and journalists have expressed the same sentiment.
She distinguishes herself from her colleagues because of her unique expertise—knowledge of the law and procedure drawn from her experience in the trenches as a trial attorney. It’s no surprise that Karas is a sought-after analyst, especially when on location at high-profile, competitive stories.
Broadcast Journalist Covering High-Profile Criminal Stories
In 1994, Beth joined Court TV as it was celebrating its third year on the air. During her 19 years at Court TV (later renamed In Session on truTV) as a on-air correspondent, Beth has covered many of the highest profile cases including Jodi Arias, the Arizona woman convicted of first degree murder in the killing of her ex-boyfriend and awaiting a retrial in the death penalty phase, Casey Anthony, the Florida mother acquitted of murdering her toddler, Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky, convicted of molesting 11 boys over a 15-year period, and Illinois cop Drew Peterson, convicted of drowning his third wife.
She also has covered the trials of Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted of manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers University student convicted of bias intimidation and invasion of privacy when he set up a webcam to watch his roommate’s sexual encounter with another man, O.J. Simpson, convicted of robbery in Nevada after he stole his own memorabilia from two men in a Las Vegas hotel, and Kobe Bryant, accused of rape in a Colorado hotel.
Multi-Platform Legal Analyst, Speaker, and Consultant
Beth has evolved into a multi-platform journalist. She has appeared as a legal expert on virtually every cable and network news programs, including Nightline, Dateline, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, CNN’s AC360, HLN’s Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell, and Inside Edition.
Beth was a contributor and senior legal analyst for Wild About Trial, a website dedicated to comprehensive coverage of criminal trials, including a live stream of trials and hearings, an archive of court documents, and articles and commentary. See www.wildabouttrial.com.
In October 2014, Beth launched her own subscription website, Karas On Crime, to cover Jodi Arias’s retrial in Phoenix. Since the trial ended, she continues to cover legal stories, record videos of her analysis, post podcast interviews, court documents and more.
Beth has provided legal analysis and reporting to radio stations across the country, written articles published on CNN.com, and offered reports for other online media outlets. From 1998 through 2011, Beth was a weekly contributor and legal commentator for BBC’s Radio Five Live show “Up All Night” where she discussed legal issues and trials televised on Court TV/In Session and occurring elsewhere in the United States.
In addition to her work as a broadcast journalist and legal analyst, Beth is a sought after speaker and panelist on high-profile crime and punishment. As a lawyer and a journalist, Beth provides legal analysis along with on-the-scene insight and commentary to legal groups as well as the broader public.
Former District Attorney in New York City
Beth learned how to navigate the courtroom during her eight years as an Assistant District Attorney in New York City under legendary District Attorney, Robert Morgenthau. Though she left the practice of law in 1994, Beth remains a licensed attorney. She was inspired to change careers from Assistant District Attorney to broadcast journalist at the then-new network, Court TV, in order to educate and enlighten the public about the justice system via televised criminal and civil trials.
Beth is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Fordham Law School.