Karla Hult loves living and reporting in her home state of Minnesota. She’s forever inspired by the character and courage of the people she meets on most every story.
Karla attended St. Olaf College, where she graduated magna cum laude with a double major in English and Political Science. At St. Olaf, she was also inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. She later graduated with a Master’s of International Affairs from Columbia University in New York, where she also earned a writing fellowship.
Karla worked as a newspaper reporter before embarking on her television journalism career. She returned to her home state for a reporting job at WCCO-TV before deciding to cross the street to her “T.V. home” at KARE 11.
At KARE, Karla has received multiple awards, including the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Journalism. But she remains most proud of her advocacy work against Alzheimer’s Disease and for refugees.
When Karla is not working, advocating or traveling the world, she and her husband Gary are busy raising their two daughters.
When I was young, I wanted to be: Executive Editor of The New York Times. (I’m not kidding; I attribute that “ambition” to my two older sisters).
Favorite story you ever worked on: Every story beyond our borders. I love capturing how Minnesotans are doing “good” in the world by dealing with the global refugee crisis (often through the Minnesota-based American Refugee Committee).
Describe your perfect day: A lake day on Clear Lake in Forest Lake… with my beloved family, of course.
Favorite Book/Author: I love everything from both Ernest Hemingway and Margaret Atwood (and yes, I’m aware they don’t share a lot of the same feminist beliefs and overall philosophies). I also really love All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (I strongly recommend it, if you haven’t yet read this book… it’s just beautifully written).
Who’s your favorite band? U2.
Who’s your favorite singer? Bono.
Your inspiration: My Dad, for always helping others… in his family, in his church and in his community.
Favorite subject in school: English and Political Science (Hence, the double major).
Family: Karla and her husband Gary have two daughters, Grace and Isabella, both of whom are strong little girls. They also have the most tolerant of cats, Hansie Olaf.