Karen Kasler is a lifelong Ohioan. She grew up in Lancaster, attended Otterbein College in Westerville, and found her professional break at WCBE-FM, Columbus. Karen was selected as a Fellow in the Kiplinger Master’s Degree Program for Mid-Career Journalists at Ohio State University in 1994. She worked at WTVN-AM and WBNS-TV, both in Columbus, and spent eight years as afternoon drive anchor/assignment editor for WTAM-AM, Cleveland. She was a moderator for the gubernatorial debate in 2018 and US Senate debates in 2016, 2012, 2010 and 2006. She has also led debates on statewide issues such as drug sentencing, marijuana legalization, redistricting and the collective bargaining law known as Senate Bill 5.
Each year she anchors the Statehouse News Bureau’s live coverage of the Governor’s State of the State, and has led coverage of the inaugurations of the last three governors. Karen has won several awards for her work, and is a former adjunct professor at Capital University in Columbus. Karen, her husband, and their son Jack live on Columbus’ northeast side.