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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Militia, Along With Family of Cliven Bundy, Take Over Federal Land at National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon
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Jan 03, 2016 07:53 PM Story from US EMILY SHAPIRO and NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
Miss Washington USA Steps Down Amid Scandal
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Jan 14, 2016 06:00 PM Story from US NEAL KARLINSKY and SUZAN CLARKE, ABC News
Sunken Whale Watching Boat Survivors Found Clinging to Rocks, Sharing Life Jackets
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Oct 26, 2015 10:53 PM Story from International NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
Survivor Recalls Terrifying Moments During Oregon Campus Shooting
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Montana Man Markus Kaarma Found Guilty in Slaying of German Exchange Student
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Montana Man Claims Self-Defense After Shooting Exchange Student
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Seattle Campus Hero Identified as Teaching Assistant Jon Meis
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Police Release Utah Teens' Panicked 911 Call After Alleged Kidnapping
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Bodysurfer Heard a Call for Help, and Saved a Man's Life
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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
Residents Return to 'War Zone' After Wildfire Engulfs Homes
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Jun 30, 2015 12:52 PM Story from US ENJOLI FRANCIS AND NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
Pilot Lue Morton Describes 'Hardest Part' of Parachuting Down to Ocean
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Jan 29, 2015 08:32 AM Story from US NEAL KARLINSKY and SABINA GHEBREMEDHIN, ABC News
Kids Who Saved Brother From Alleged Abductor Say Strange Man Tried to Befriend Them at the Park
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Mar 11, 2015 08:35 AM Story from US NEAL KARLINSKY and SABINA GHEBREMEDHIN, ABC News
Dramatic Scenes From Washington State Wildfire
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Jun 29, 2015 03:47 PM Story from US ENJOLI FRANCIS AND NEAL KARLINSKY, ABC News
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