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Kara Sundlun

Kara Sundlun

Biography

Career highlights

Everyday I learn something new reporting the news on what's happening in Connecticut and across the nation. I hope to create positive change with the stories I tell. From reporting live in New York City after the terror attacks on 9/11, to covering what's happening at your city hall, it's my job to make sure you're informed. I started with internships at several television stations and sent out tapes of my work all over America. I landed my first reporting job after college in the tiny town of Charlottesville, Va., writing and shooting all of my own stories.

Community involvement

When I'm off the air you'll see me emceeing charity events around the state to raise money for worthy causes. I think it's important for the press to shine light on the good things too. I sit on the board for Dress for Success Hartford, an organization that provides professional clothing and job coaching for low-income women. I helped create a great event called the Capital Catwalk. Newsmakers, business leaders and my colleagues from Channel 3 strut their stuff on the runway to raise money for the organization. It feels great when you can make a difference in someone's life.

Biggest success

I'm proud to be honored by my peers with two regional Emmy Awards for news reporting. But, the real satisfaction comes from making a difference in someone's life. I once did a story on a little boy from a single parent home who wanted a Big Brother. Within an hour after our report, his year long wait was over. What's better than helping a kid get a good start in life?

Dream job

I have my dream job, but I wouldn't mind having Oprah's show! I'd also love travelling the world, but I'd probably miss Hartford!

Businessperson they most admire and why

There are many I admire, but I'd have to go with Oprah again. She proves you can overcome obstacles and achieve great success if you are determined. She inspires people to be good to others and believe in their dreams. Find your talent and you will find your purpose. You have to believe in yourself even when no one else does.

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