Originally from Upstate New York, Kari Beal joined Spectrum in October 2019.
Beal has earned several prestigious awards during her career including the 2017 Edward R. Murrow Award for “Best Newscast” for a show she co-anchored, and two Virginia Associated Press Awards in 2017. Her reporting also earned her a Louisiana Associated Press Award in 2014.
Kari says her most memorable story was about a Louisiana family of four that experienced a house fire and didn’t have home insurance. One girl was crying in the story because she had lost her best friend - her stuffed animal. The girl had never been to the mall and that stuffed animal was one of the few toys she had.
The next day, police said they were getting more phone calls from people wanting to help that family than calls about police incidents. In a matter of days, nearly $10,000 was raised for the family and officers took the girl to the mall to get a new stuffed animal. This really opened her eyes to the impact good storytelling can have, and how it can help a community.
Beal is a very active person and loves rock climbing, paddle boarding, playing soccer, beach volleyball, doing yoga, and hiking during her free time.