Karina Kling is the Capital Tonight Anchor for Spectrum News. She joined the team in September 2008 as the Williamson County bureau chief, where she worked for a year before moving into the Austin newsroom to take on Texas politics as a senior political reporter from 2009 to 2015.
Karina earned her master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School.
She spent her last semester in school interning in Washington D.C., as the D.C. correspondent for KMID-TV in Midland, Texas.
A Midwest native, Karina grew up in Sterling, Kansas and graduated with honors from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. She earned a double major in media production and vocal music performance.
Before heading south to enjoy warmer weather, Karina was a reporter/anchor at KOLN/KGIN in Lincoln, Nebraska.
While in Austin, she’s covered three legislative sessions and numerous campaigns. Karina also helped launch Capital Tonight, a live, daily political show on Spectrum News. She received the 2012 Texas AP Broadcast award for Best Spot News Story.
In her spare time, you can find Karina playing piano and singing, running and most of all—trying to keep up with her beloved family and friends.
Karina's happy to be in the Live Music Capital of the World and has enjoyed getting to cover the SXSW and ACL festivals, interviewing bands and getting a look at the behind-the-scenes work that goes into putting on such events.