Karen Hall grew up in south-central Virginia and attended the College of William and Mary, where she majored in English and minored in Religion and spent most of her time in the Department of Theatre and Speech. She studied playwriting under her mentor, Dr.Louis E. Catron, and several of her one act plays were produced by Premiere Theatre. In 1979 she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television. Since then she has written for and produced many of the most acclaimed television shows of the 1980s and 1990s, and received Emmy nominations for her work on M*A*S*H, Hill Street Blues, Moonlighting and The Women of Brewster Place. She has also written for Northern Exposure and I'll Fly Away and is currently working as Executive Producer of Judging Amy. In 1996 Random House published her novel Dark Debts, which was a main selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. She is a member of the faculty of the Act One Screenwriting Program. She is a member of the Humanitas Foundation
Board of Trustees.