Fox anchor Karen Martinez dies of cancer at age 37
Popular KABB Fox anchor Karen Martinez died Tuesday after battling breast cancer since 2010. She was 37.
Laurel Portié, a News Promo Producer at Fox and guitarist for Mrs. Howl (where she is known as “Laurel Dagger”), described Martínez as a sweet, caring co-worker loved by all who met her.
“We were glad to know you,” read the post on Mrs. Howl Facebook page. “You went out of your way to attend shows even though you were in pain.”
Even those who didn’t know her felt touched by the overwhelming showering of love for Martínez seen on the social networks.
“Condolences, respeto, compassion & blessed love out to her familia and all who knew and appreciated her,” wrote Jai Roots on Facebook. “May your strength and love light shine through your little ones for generations to come.”
Martinez joined Fox in 1999 after graduating from UTSA with a bachelor’s degree in communication. “I love news and I love San Antonio,” she said at Fox’s website. “I feel blessed to have my dream job here in my hometown.”
Fox’s website states that Martinez “was recognized by the Marrow Donor Program at the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center for her commitment to raising awareness about the need for blood and bone marrow donors … particularly the need for minority donors. She has also been recognized by the Silver Stars and Spurs Sports and Entertainment as an inspiring woman for professional and personal accomplishments in the community.” Martinez was also a member of the Breast Health Awareness Committee (a branch of the American Cancer Society) and mentored young aspiring journalists.
“This is the first time I’ve ever lost anyone in this way,” Portié wrote on Facebook. “I always told myself it would be easier if you had time to prepare yourself when you know it’s coming. I was wrong. It’s not any easier. As journalists we can’t take the day off. Please pray for all of us to get through this day and especially for her children and family.”
Martinez is survived by her husband Joseph, and children Josh, Miranda, and Mitchell. Funeral services are pending.
— Enrique Lopetegui