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Meet the Capital Tonight Staff
Karina Kling, Capital Tonight Anchor
Karina Kling is Time Warner Cable News’ Capital Tonight Anchor. She joined TWC 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.
David Cawton, Reporter
David Cawton joined the Time Warner Cable News team in March as a Political Reporter. He comes to Austin from West Monroe, Louisiana and Little Rock, Arkansas where he covered a wide range of stories, including politics.
At KTVE in West Monroe, David started as the South Arkansas Bureau Reporter, eventually working his way up to Weekend Anchor and then Morning Anchor. He covered the Duck Dynasty family, the 2014 mid-term elections and stories surrounding economic development.
During this time David was also working on his Master’s Degree from Quinnipiac University, where he studied Interactive Media. After a short stint at KARK in Little Rock, David stepped away to complete the last semester of his degree and to work on his Capstone.
He graduated in January, adding to his B.A. in Broadcast Communications from Jacksonville University.
A native of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, David is happy to be back in a big city and ready to tackle the complex political climate in the Texas Capital. Politics has always been a major interest for David, whose grandmother spent a majority of her adult life working in Florida’s political scene.
In his spare time, you’ll find him outdoors, probably enjoying one of Austin’s many parks or enjoying some of great food we have to offer! He’s a big Jacksonville Jaguars fan, who realizes he’s outnumbered here in Texas!
David also brings along his Golden Retriever, Solar, who he says eats him out of house and home. She’s sure to enjoy the many parks, and dog-friendly places in Austin.
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.