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Karthik Venkataraman

Karthik Venkataraman is the Sports Leader at WBIR.
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Karthik Venkataraman was born and raised in Bristol, Tennessee.

He grew up with a strong love for sports but never looked at it as a career. After graduating with an undergraduate degree in Biology, Karthik came to realize he wanted to pursue a career in news.

Karthik self-taught himself to turn content for newscasts and landed jobs as a news journalist at WKPT, which broadcasted out of Kingsport, Tennessee, and then worked in the same position at WCYB in his hometown.  

Since he didn’t have a degree in journalism, Karthik decided it was best to go learn the skills needed in this industry to unlock his potential. He was accepted and then graduated from Syracuse University with a Master’s in Broadcast Digital Journalism with a Sports Communication Emphasis.

Karthik then worked in Omaha, Nebraska as a Sports Digital Content Producer for KMTV and then as a Weekend Sports Anchor and Sports Journalist for KREM in Spokane, Washington.

After three years in the business far away from home, he decided it was time to come closer to home.

Karthik was hired as the Sports Leader at WBIR in August of 2021.

If you want to reach out to Karthik, you can email him at kvenkataraman@wbir.com or on Twitter @Karthikv_.

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