Neal Karlinsky

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Neal Karlinsky is an ABC News Correspondent based in Seattle, Washington. He reports for "World News with Diane Sawyer," "Good Morning America" and "Nightline,"... Read More »

Neal Karlinsky is an ABC News Correspondent based in Seattle, Washington. He reports for "World News with Diane Sawyer," "Good Morning America" and "Nightline," as well as ABC's digital platforms and ABC News Radio. He joined ABC News in August 2000.

Since joining ABC News, Karlinsky has proved himself a versatile storyteller. In recent years, he's covered the nuclear disaster in Japan, trapped miners in Chile, a nearly unpronounceable volcano in Iceland, a devastating earthquake in China and a deadly tsunami on the Pacific Island of Samoa. While at the same time back home he's covered major news events and features in every western state and beyond.

Karlinsky holds the rare distinction of having twice interviewed Apple's Steve Jobs. He's been granted exclusive access inside Google and several upstart tech companies, and has also interviewed Bill Gates. On the other end of the spectrum, he's interviewed SpongeBob Squarepants for a behind the scenes look at the popular children's show. Other colorful assignments have included a painful visit to a bullfighting school, a day with skateboard legend Tony Hawk—even a climb up Yosemite's famed El Capitan with one of the world's best climbers.

Karlinsky's coverage of the west has been extensive--reporting from the frontlines of California wildfires to the edge of Mount St. Helens' crater—even to polar bear dens near the Arctic Circle. He's covered every kind of natural disaster imaginable from a variety of datelines, while profiling everyone from heartthrobs and Hollywood elite to child prodigies and sport's stars for Nightline. In 2010, he conducted the only network interview with former Tour de France winner Floyd Landis for an investigation of doping allegations against Lance Armstrong.

Overseas, Karlinsky has reported from throughout the Middle East and Asia, in addition to assignments in Central America and Europe. He reported extensively inside Iraq in 2003 and 2004.

Since joining ABC News, Karlinsky has been honored by the Overseas Press Club for Outstanding Breaking News coverage during the 2008 Chinese earthquake. His reporting inside the Arctic earned him an Emmy nomination for magazine reporting in 2008—one of several national Emmy nominations in recent years. He was also recognized by the National Press Club for a report on recalled Firestone tires and by the Humane Society of the United States for reporting on animal-rights issues.

Before joining ABC News, Karlinsky worked for six years at CBS affiliate KIRO-TV in Seattle, where he won a New York Festivals Silver World Medal for investigative reporting. He also won several local and regional awards for investigative, breaking news and hard news reporting. During his time at KIRO-TV, Karlinsky followed the trail of Russian organized crime to Vladivostok, Russia. He also traveled to Brazil, where he broke the news of a Seattle murder suspect's capture, then rode home on the extradition flight one year later. Karlinsky also covered major stories nationwide for the station. Prior to his time in Seattle, he worked at ABC affiliate WKRN-TV in Nashville, Tennessee, where he also received an award for breaking news coverage, and at CBS affiliate WLNS-TV in Lansing, Michigan.

Karlinsky has a journalism degree from Michigan State University and lives near Seattle with his wife, Malia, and their two children.

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Suspect Confesses in Washington Mall Shooting That Killed 5
ENJOLI FRANCIS and NEAL KARLINSKY
Sep 26, 2016 02:06 PM Story from US ENJOLI FRANCIS and NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
Militia, Along With Family of Cliven Bundy, Take Over Federal Land at National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon
EMILY SHAPIRO and NEAL KARLINSKY
Jan 03, 2016 07:53 PM Story from US EMILY SHAPIRO and NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
Miss Washington USA Steps Down Amid Scandal
NEAL KARLINSKY and SUZAN CLARKE
Jan 14, 2016 06:00 PM Story from US NEAL KARLINSKY and SUZAN CLARKE, ABC News
Japan Tsunami: Debris From Disaster Heading to U.S. West Coast
NEAL KARLINSKY
Apr 07, 2011 03:54 AM Story from International NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
Japan Earthquake: 3 Killed in 7.1 Aftershock
NEAL KARLINSKY
Apr 08, 2011 02:31 AM Story from International NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
Pastor Dude's Mega-Church Draws Crowds
NEAL KARLINSKY
Jan 22, 2009 06:08 PM Story from Nightline/FaithMatters NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
Glamorous Camping: Where Wild Meets Refined
NEAL KARLINSKY
Feb 10, 2009 06:52 PM Story from Nightline NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
'Into the Wild' Inspires Adventurers, but at What Cost?
nightline, chris mccandless, into the wild, sean penn, neal karlinsky, neal wallace, marc paterson, alaska, nightline
Feb 12, 2009 11:42 AM Story from Nightline NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
Tofurky Day?
NEAL KARLINSKY
Nov 21, 2006 04:56 PM Story from Nightline NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
New Technology May Prevent Bird Strikes
NEAL KARLINSKY
Feb 23, 2009 02:32 PM Story from US/Travel NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
Xanax Defense: Mistrial Declared in Case of Woman Who Allegedly Hit Husband With SUV, Blamed Drug
NEAL KARLINSKY
Aug 12, 2012 08:18 PM Story from US NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
Lance Armstrong Suit to Dismiss Doping Case Thrown Out
NEAL KARLINSKY
Jul 09, 2012 12:15 PM Story from US NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
David Pietz Murder Trial: Prosecutors Point to Failed Lie-Detector Test
NEAL KARLINSKY
Oct 08, 2013 10:47 AM Story from US NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
Lance Armstrong Ends His Fight Against Doping Claims
NEAL KARLINSKY
Aug 23, 2012 11:12 PM Story from US NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
Alleged Lego Scammer Sold 2,100 Boxes Through Website, Cops Say
NEAL KARLINSKY
May 24, 2012 04:35 AM Story from US NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
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