Karen Hall

By Joe Alexander, from The Lamplighter, Pittsylvania County Schools, Chatham, Virginia, January 2002, p. 8. Used with permission.

Karen Hall

Karen Hall graduated from Chatham High School in 1974, and from the College of William and Mary in 1978, with a BA in English with a concentration in Playwriting. In 1979, she was in graduate school at the University of Virginia in the MFA Playwriting Program.

Her move to California in 1979 began a career in television writing, producing and being a creative consultant. Her list of televisioin series included Eight is Enough, M*A*S*H, Hill Street Blues, Moonlighting, Roseanne, and Grace Under Fire. She wrote individual episodes for Northern Exposure, I'll Fly Away, Cupid, and HBO's Maximum Security.

Karen Hall's television movies and mini-series writing resume includes Toughlove, The Betty Ford Story, The Women of Brewster Place, and Darkness Before Dawn. Her feature film screenplay writing includes The Sparrow and Dark Debts, the latter being adapted from the novel Dark Debts she wrote in 1996.

Karen Hall has received seven Emmy Award Nominations for individual episodes of her various television series. She has received five Writer's Guild of America Nominations for various episodes including the final show of M*A*S*H in 1983, one of the most watched events in television history. Other awards include the Humanitas Award several times, the Women in Film Luminas Award, the Scott Newman Drug Prevention Award and most recently the Prism Award in 2000 for an episode of Judging Amy.

Karen Hall is married to her high school sweetheart, Chris Walker, a 1974 graduate of Hargrave Military Academy. They have four children: Christine, age 17; Brian, age 14; Julianna, age 12; and Caleb, age seven months.

Karen Hall noted, "My kids are all in public schools because my education in the Pittsylvania County Schools made me a great believer in the value of public education. I had many wonderful teachers, but I especially remember Elsie Todd, Patsy Clement, Mabel Joyce Scott, and Bonnie Rorrer."

She is the daughter of Mrs. Flo Hall of Danville and the late Mr. Ervis Hall.