Karl's first job came in 1998, when he got a job working for the start-up news operation at KSAN-TV in San Angelo. Since the station was so new, people had to learn how to do everything, and he quickly rose to the challenge. While still going to college, Karl soon was a reporter/photographer and was also producing and anchoring shows, running the assignments desk, and working behind the scenes. In Spring of 1999, Karl got a B.A. of Communications from Angelo State University and decided it was time to move on.
That led him to KRBC in Abilene, where he continued working as a "one-man band." Besides covering all kinds of news stories, Karl also pioneered a product-testing segment called "Does it Work?" By mixing some bizarre humor with some unique products, he quickly gained a following in the Key City and on-line. After his product reviews were highlighted by YAHOO! Sight of the Day, Karl was soon fielding questions from around the globe. Between all of this, he still found time to marry his college sweetheart Jordan.
Then, in 2003, Karl decided it was time to leave Texas and try something different. He took a job at WUPW in Toledo, Ohio as a reporter/photographer. Still, in roughly a year, Karl was promoted to the primary anchor and managing editor. It was here that Karl first tried the dual role of anchor and manager, leading the station to a series of Regional Emmy wins and Ohio AP awards. During this time Karl also flexed his writing muscles, penning a column for the Toledo Free Press and serving as a board member for the Toledo Press Club. Karl and Jordan also welcomed their son, Dane, in 2005.
Still, after more than five years, the siren call of the Lone Star State was too much to resist, and the family moved to KMID in September of 2008. Initially hired as an anchor, Karl was later promoted to News Director as well, continuing the tradition he began in Toledo.
"I've had a chance to see some amazing things working in news, " Karl said. "I've have to cover terrible things, like industrial accidents, economic collapse, and violent crime. But I've also seen things that will restore your faith in humanity. Like people digging a pipeline by hand to bring their neighbors water, or coming together to help people after a tragedy. I've witnessed history from behind a camera--from Presidential Speeches to Torrential Flooding--and it's been my priviledge to share those experiences with my viewers."
"I'm Karl Rundgren and I love telling your stories."
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