She is home sweet home and loving it.
Carla Castaño, born and raised in Portland, has been working her way back to the Rose City ever since graduating from Portland State University. While at PSU, Carla studied abroad at La Universidad de la Habana and was one of the first American students allowed to visit Cuba. However, she cut her teeth in broadcast journalism as a radio announcer for KBPS, while attending Benson High School.
In college Carla interned at KOIN and KPTV then headed south to Coos Bay, Oregon where she anchored at KCBY. Next, she moved to Eugene winning several awards in Associated Press breaking news, hard news and continuing coverage categories. 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 she was quickly promoted to the lead crime and courts reporter for her station. At KXAN Carla had the opportunity to cover big national stories including the Fort Hood shooting, the impact of Hurricanes Ike and Gustav as well as the plane attack on an IRS building. During her time in Austin, Carla was voted the “best reporter” and received awards for hard news and continuing coverage.
Carla could not be happier to join the KOIN Local 6 news team and to be back 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 tower.
When not digging up news stories Carla enjoys taking her dog hiking, traveling, exploring the outdoors, reading, cooking, working out and spending time with loved ones.
Carla is always looking for great stories to share, so email your news tips to her.