About

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. She has hosted the television broadcasts of the New York City Triathlon and Brooklyn Half Marathon, commentated for ABC in New York, appeared in a national commercial for Champion, and hosted On The Run, a web and TV show from New York Road Runners.

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, Active, Medium, 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 RunCountdown To The Starting Line, and the Brooklyn Half broadcast on ABC-TV in New York; New York City Triathlon broadcast on FOX-TV in New York, the Comcast Network and SportsNet nationwide; and Hawaiian Xtreme Sports on Universal Sports, among others. Her reporting appeared on the national broadcast of the 2013 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, where she wrote the column, “Run, Karla, Run!”and blogged at RunKarlaRun.com.

When not pounding the pavement as a reporter, Karla is usually pounding the pavement as a runner. She has completed 10 marathons, 10 triathlons, and is a member of New York Road Runners. She is a fixture in the New York running scene as one of NYRR’s in-demand race announcers. She calls two dozen events a year on the streets of New York City, at Icahn Stadium, The Armory Track, and beyond.

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 thethe Scripps Howard, Carnegie and Knight Foundations 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 continued to moonlight as a wedding singer. She was also tapped by New York Road Runners to sing at the 2010 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 45 countries on six continents. She swam with humpback whales in Tonga, trekked 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.

Career Highlights:

On Camera

New York City Triathlon
New York City Marathon
Brooklyn Half Marathon
NYRR “On The Run”​
Runner’s World
Champion campaign

Broadcast

ESPN2
Universal Sports
ABC in New York
FOX in New York
Comcast SportsNet
The Comcast Network
KUSI in San Diego

Digital

Newsweek
Redbook
The Week
Runner’s World
Shape
Active
Medium
Yahoo
The Washington Times
Zappos Running Blog
Reebok Blog
Trivago Magazine
News 21

Print

Newsweek
Shape
Canadian Running
Women’s Running
American Athlete
The Philadelphia Inquirer
San Francisco Chronicle
The Times-Picayune in New Orleans
The Gazette in Montreal
Orlando Sentinel

Emcee Work & Speaking Engagements

TCS New York City Marathon—largest in the world
Popular Brooklyn Half Marathon—largest in the U.S.
TCS New York City Marathon Opening Ceremony
TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion
TCS New York City Marathon Training Series
United Airlines NYC Half
New Balance Fifth Avenue Mile
New Balance Bronx 10 Mile
Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K
Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff
SHAPE Women’s Half Marathon
UAE Healthy Kidney 10K
Rising New York Road Runners Kids Races
Columbia & New York-Presbyterian Indoor Marathon
NYRR Club Night Awards Ceremony
NYRR New York Mini 10K
NYRR Staten Island Half
NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half Marathon
NYRR Midnight Run
NYRR Queens 10K
NYRR Ted Corbitt 15K
NYRR Joe Kleinerman 10K
NYRR Team Championships
NYRR 1 for You 1 for Youth 5K
NYRR Tuesday Night Speed Series
NYRR Gridiron 4-Miler
NYRR Al Gordon 4-Miler
NYRR R-U-N 5K
NYRR Brooklyn R-U-N 5K
NYRR Washington Heights Salsa, Blues & Shamrocks 5K
NYRR Grete’s Great Gallop
NYRR Retro 4-MilerPercy Sutton Harlem 5K
City Parks Foundation Run For The Parks
Race to Deliver 4-Miler
Japan Run 4-Miler
Italy Run by Nutella Cafe 5-Miler
Move NYC 5K
Run As One 4-Miler
Scotland Run
France Run
Prospect Park Track Club
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

Press Mentions

The New York Times
Runner’s World
Fox Sports
Canadian Running
Competitor
The Baltimore Sun
PBS
Bleacher Report
RunningUSA

Copywriting & Campaigns

Champion
Puma
Brooks Running
Under Armour
Aetna ActiveHealth
Sparkle Athletic
CardioGlow

WRITER | TV HOST | EMCEE