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Meet the Capital Tonight Staff
Karina Kling, Capital Tonight Anchor
Karina Kling is SpectrumNews’ Capital Tonight Anchor. She joined Spectrum News 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, Hastings, Nebraska.
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 TWC 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.
LeAnn Wallace, Reporter
LeAnn Wallace joined Time Warner Cable News’ political team in December 2012. A Minnesota native, she happily traded in months of snow and cold for months of Texas sunshine and triple-digit temperatures.
LeAnn graduated from St. Cloud State University. Before making the move to Austin, she was a reporter and anchor at the Northland’s NewsCenter (KBJR/KDLH) in Duluth, Minnesota. There, she was the station’s lead political reporter, covering everything from the 2008 Republican National Convention to the historic recall election of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. But as LeAnn quickly learned, there’s nothing quite like covering the wily world of Texas politics.
When she’s not keeping tabs on state and national politics, LeAnn enjoys yoga, traveling, reading and creating new smoothie recipes in her Vitamix.