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," as well... 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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Washington State Marijuana Shops Opening Their Doors
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Jul 08, 2014 07:39 AM Story from US NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
Woman Survives 800-Foot Fall Off Mountain Summit
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Jun 10, 2014 09:47 AM Blog Entry from News Neal Karlinsky, ABC News
Seattle Campus Hero Identified as Teaching Assistant Jon Meis
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Jun 06, 2014 02:43 AM Story from US NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
Floating Up and Away: Experiencing Sensory Deprivation - A Reporter's Notebook
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May 16, 2014 11:24 AM Blog Entry from Health Neal Karlinsky, ABC News
Montana Man Claims Self-Defense After Shooting Exchange Student
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May 22, 2014 08:37 AM Story from US NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
In the Wake of Washington Mudslide, Town's Memories Buried Deep
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Apr 01, 2014 06:15 PM Blog Entry from News Neal Karlinsky, ABC News
Amazon Unveils New 3-D Fire Phone
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Jun 18, 2014 11:37 AM Story from Technology NEAL KARLINSKY and ALYSSA NEWCOMB, ABC News
Couple Brings Gift of Hearing to Impaired Across the Globe
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Jan 21, 2014 06:03 PM Blog Entry from Health Neal Karlinsky, ABC News
Lance Armstrong Admits Doping in Tour de France, Sources Say
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Jan 14, 2013 10:43 AM Story from US NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
Lance Armstrong Says He 'Left It All on the Table' in Oprah Winfrey Interview
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Jan 17, 2013 01:52 AM Story from US NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
Oprah Winfrey Describes Intense Lance Armstrong Interview
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Jan 15, 2013 04:07 AM Story from US NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
Lance Armstrong Won't Deal With US Anti-Doping Agency
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Feb 20, 2013 03:11 PM Story from US NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
Lance Armstrong May Testify Under Oath About Doping
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Feb 06, 2013 08:18 PM Story from US NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
Lance Armstrong Under Investigation for Obstruction, Witness Tampering and Intimidation: Exclusive
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Feb 05, 2013 09:56 PM Story from US NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
David Pietz Murder Trial: Prosecutors Point to Failed Lie-Detector Test
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Oct 08, 2013 10:47 AM Story from US NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
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