Karys Belger is a reporter with WGRZ-Channel 2 in Buffalo, New York.
As a member of the Daybreak team, Karys covers breaking news and in-depth stories with a particular focus on communities of color. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Karys has been an integral part of her station’s coverage of how the pandemic impacted Buffalo’s Black Community. She’s also used her unique perspective to enhance her station’s coverage of the Black Lives Matter Movement in Western New York.
Karys was raised in Maryland by two news-junkie parents. She graduated from Spelman College and received her masters From the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She spent part of her academic career at Queen Mary University of London
Her professional career began right after Northwestern when she went to work for WFTX in Fort Myers, Florida. While in Florida, Karys immediately began reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Karys also reported on the use of internet technology in human trafficking and the impact of the opioid crisis.
Karys has lived with Sickle Cell (SC) Disease all her life. From a young age, she’s been dedicated to using her skills to inform others about the challenges people with Sickle Cell face.
She has also been recognized for her contributions to the Western New York Community. In 2019 The Links Inc. of Erie County recognized her as an outstanding woman of color in media. She was also selected as one of Buffalo’s Changemakers 30 Under 30 Class of 2019.
She has had work published digitally for the Baltimore Sun, Sojourners Magazine, and US News and World Report. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.