Karla Bruning is an on-camera reporter and writer who specializes in sports, travel, health, and lifestyle content. She’s also an emcee at major events like the TCS New York City Marathon and United Airlines NYC Half, and TV host for events like the Panasonic New York City Triathlon and Airbnb Brooklyn Half. She hosted On The Run, a web and TV show from New York Road Runners, and blogs at RunKarlaRun.com with a following 36,000 strong.
Since getting her start as a Newsweek reporter, Karla’s work has appeared in Newsweek, ESPN2, Universal Sports, ABC in New York, FOX in New York, The Comcast Network & Comcast SportsNet, Redbook, Shape, The Week, Runner’s World, Canadian Running, The Washington Times, The Big Roundtable, Active, American Athlete, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and two dozen other publications. She and her work have received mentions by The New York Times, Fox Sports, The Baltimore Sun, Runner’s World, Competitor, PBS, Bleacher Report, and Canadian Running among others
Karla has appeared in On The Run and Countdown To The Starting Line on ABC-TV in New York; Panasonic New York City Triathlon on FOX-TV in New York, the Comcast Network and SportsNet nationwide; Hawaiian Xtreme Sports on Universal Sports; Good Morning San Diego on KUSI TV; and America’s Morning Radio on the Talk Radio Network. She’s a frequent guest on The Marathon Show on BlogTalkRadio, which named her one of The Most Interesting People of 2010. Her reporting appeared on the national broadcast of the 2013 ING New York City Marathon on ESPN2, and she covered the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver for The Washington Times. She previously served as sports editor for The Washington Times Communities, wrote the column, “Run, Karla, Run!” at The Washington Times Communities, and served as the editor for RunningTrax.com.
When not pounding the pavement as a reporter, Karla is usually pounding the pavement as a runner. She has completed eight marathons, ten triathlons, trains with the New York Harriers and is a member of New York Road Runners. She is a fixture in the New York running scene. In 2011, she moderated a Social Media Week panel called, “The Social Runner,” and a JackRabbit NYC Running Show panel appropriately called “NYC Running Scene.”
As a former reporter and researcher for Newsweek, Karla contributed to cover stories for the International Edition and reported for every section of the magazine. She often sat in as head of research and as editor of the Periscope section as well. While at Newsweek, Karla won a Fulbright scholarship to Germany for young American journalists. She has also received reporting grants from the Carnegie and Knight Foundations and the Scripps Howard Foundation for work that took her from the shores of the Puget Sound in Washington state to the banks of the Ganges in India. She has interviewed Nobel Prize winners, religious leaders, Olympic athletes, World Champions, and regular folks, too.
Karla earned a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. While there, the Religion Newswriters Association named her one of 10 national finalists for Student Writer of the Year. Karla graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College.
Before becoming a journalist, Karla worked as an actor, model and singer in New York City. For seven years, she was the lead singer of an ’80s cover band, and continues to moonlight as a wedding singer. She was also tapped by New York Road Runners to sing at the 2010 ING New York City Marathon, in addition to other races like the Fifth Avenue Mile and NY Mini 10K.
Karla is also an avid traveler who has visited 40 countries on six continents. She swam with humpback whales in Tonga, rode an elephant through the jungles of Nepal, survived a sandstorm in the Sahara, learned to swing a polo mallet in Argentina and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, among other adventures. Her favorite destinations include Argentina, Australia, Germany, India, Italy, Tonga, Turkey, Uruguay and Hawai’i.
Publication, Broadcast, & Emcee Highlights:
ABC in New York
FOX in New York
The Comcast Network
KUSI in San Diego
The Philadelphia Inquirer
San Francisco Chronicle
The Times-Picayune in New Orleans
The Gazette in Montreal
Emcee Work & Speaking Engagements
TCS New York City Marathon, largest in the world
Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon, largest in the U.S.
TCS New York City Marathon Opening Ceremony
TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion
United Airlines NYC Half
Oakley New York Mini 10K
NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile
NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K
Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff
MORE/SHAPE Women’s Half Marathon
Fred Lebow Manhattan Half Marathon
NYRR Club Night Awards Ceremony
Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half & Festival
Journalism in the Service of Democracy, The Paley Center For Media
Social Media Week, New York
JackRabbit NY Running Show
NYRR Midnight Run
NYRR Queens 10K
Percy Sutton Harlem 5K
The New York Times
The Baltimore Sun
Radio & Podcast
America’s Morning Radio
The Marathon Show
Mickey Miles Podcast
The New York Running Show