Carla Castaño, born and raised in Portland, has been working her way back to the Rose City ever since she graduated from Portland State University. While at PSU, she was one of the first American students given the opportunity to study abroad at La Universidad de la Habana. She’s proud to share her adventures in Havana and Santiago, Cuba and the amazing experiences she had with the people and culture. Still, her roots run deep in the Northwest. She cut her teeth in broadcast journalism as a radio announcer for KBPS, while attending Benson High School.
In college, Carla interned at KOIN 6 and KPTV then headed south to Coos Bay, Oregon where she anchored at KCBY. Next, she moved to Eugene. On her days off from KVAL in Eugene, Carla also worked for KATU in Portland as a freelance reporter.
In 2007 Carla ventured off to the capital of Texas where she took a reporting position at KXAN. In Austin, Carla had the opportunity to cover big national stories and even did some international live shots for the BBC morning show during the Democratic Primary between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Other huge stories Carla covered included the first Fort Hood shooting, the impact of Hurricanes Ike and Gustav as well as the plane attack on an IRS building.
Carla was also named “best reporter” while working in the capital of Texas and won several awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and Associated Press in the breaking news, hard news and continuing coverage categories.
Carla could not be happier to lead the investigative unit at the KOIN 6 news team and to be in her hometown, where most of her family and friends still live. In fact, as a child she told her parents someday she would be working on air at the KOIN Center.
When not digging up news stories Carla enjoys taking her dog hiking, traveling, exploring the outdoors, reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
Carla is always looking for great stories to share, so email your news tips to her.