Brough up in California, Karen Finney received her education from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Right after passing out from the college in around mid-80s, Karen began working for Democratic National Committee. She was a spokesperson and the Director of Communication of the committee. She helped develop a 50 state strategy to shore up the party’s ground machinery beyond the usual dozen or so contested states in presidential elections.She worked for four years there.
During her early working years, Finney also wrote to various publications like The Huffington Post, The Hill, Politico, and MSNBC.
In the beginning of 1990s, Karen got an opportunity to work as a Press Secretary for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Eventually, she moved on to work in a private sector, overseeing growth and branding of the children’s academic book company Scholastic Inc. Likewise, in the early 2000s, she worked as a crisis communications manager of the New York City Board of Education.
After serving a few years in the private sector, Karen returned to work in the political field in 2004. She made her comeback in the field by working for attorney and health care activist Elizabeth Edwards in the 2004 presidential campaign.
Karen became a familiar face on TV in 2013 when she began to host her own show Disrupt with Karen Finney, a weekend news show. As one of the handpicked journalist who could discuss and present their ideas in politics, her confident voice and to the point speeches helped the audiences understand the political situations and policies inside the country.
Karen's show Disrupt with Karen Finney officially launched on 8 June 2013 although it was initially scheduled to run on 11 May 2013. On the premiere day, Karen discussed "the conservative War on Women" with Barbara Box, the junior United States Senator.
Disrupt with Karen Finney was officially canceled a year later. The show's last episode was aired on 1 June 2014, though the cancellation announcement was made only on 5 June. Eventually, she joined Media Matters for America to work as a senior consultant.
In 2015, Karen once again worked for Hillary Clinton but this time as the Strategic Communications Adviser. She was also the Senior Spokesperson of Clinton's presidential campaign.