Karla Bruning is a writer, editor, and on-camera reporter dedicated to covering the sport of running from a runner’s perspective. She is the host of On The Run, a running lifestyle show from New York Road Runners. Karla’s work—including print, photography and multimedia—has appeared in Newsweek, American Athlete Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, The Gazette in Montreal, Orlando Sentinel, RunnersWorld.com, Active.com, ABC7 in New York and nearly two dozen other print and online publications. She and her work have received mentions by The New York Times, Fox Sports, Runner’s World, The Baltimore Sun, PBS and Brooks Running. She covered the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver for The Washington Times and served as sports editor for The Washington Times Communities, where she writes the column, Run, Karla, Run! She has also 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 six marathons, two 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.” Karla has appeared on America’s Morning Radio on the Talk Radio Network, Good Morning San Diego on KUSI TV, and The Marathon Show on BlogTalkRadio, which named her one of The Most Interesting People of 2010.
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 frequently sat in as head of research and as editor of the Periscope section as well. She won a Fulbright scholarship to Germany for young American journalists and also served as a fellow for News21. Her work has taken her from the shores of the Puget Sound in Washington state to the banks of the Ganges in India. She has received reporting grants from the Carnegie and Knight Foundations to cover religion in America and the Scripps Howard Foundation to report on religion in India.
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. As a Religion major, she earned the honor of High Distinction and won a college prize. Her fascination with religion continues, but she has covered a myriad of subjects including travel, trends, pop culture, style, science, sports, technology and other topics.
Before becoming a journalist, Karla worked as an actor, model and singer in New York City. She continues to moonlight as lead singer of The Fades, an ’80s cover band. 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. She is also an avid traveler whose favorite destinations include Argentina, Australia, Germany, India, Italy, Nepal, Tonga and Uruguay. She’s proud, and a little shocked, to say she has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Mt. Oliver in New Zealand.
For more about Karla, and links to some of her work, visit KarlaBruning.com.