Karys Belger is a general assignment reporter with WGRZ-Channel 2 in Buffalo, New York.
Karys was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Maryland by two news-junkie parents. She attended Spelman College where she was one of only 20 women selected for the Bonner Scholars Program. Karys received her masters From the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and also attended Queen Mary University of London. At Medill, Karys reported at the White House and on Capitol Hill and was one of only a few student reporters sent on assignment to Havana, Cuba. Karys also provided coverage for news stations in North Dakota, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Georgia.
Karys’ professional career began right after Northwestern when she went to work for WFTX in Fort Myers, Florida where she immediately began reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Karys also reported on the use of internet technology in human trafficking and the effects of the opioid crisis on various populations in Southwest Florida.
In October 2018, Karys traded her flip flops for snow boots and joined the team at WGRZ – Channel 2. Since moving to Buffalo she’s consistently reported for the Daybreak morning show and the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts. Karys is also the first digital reporter for the team.
Karys has also been recognized for her contributions to the Western New York Community. In 2019, she was recognized by The Links Inc. of Erie County as an outstanding woman of color in media. She was also selected as one of the S&J Foundation’s Changemakers 30 Under 30 Class of 2019. Karys has emceed events for a variety of causes including women’s empowerment and autism awareness organizations.
Karys has lived with Sickle Cell (SC) Disease all her life. From a young age, she’s been dedicated to using her platform to raise awareness of the challenges people with Sickle Cell Disease face. She was the keynote speaker at the first-ever Fire Ball for Sickle Cell Awareness in Buffalo.
Karys 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.
When she’s not on-air, you’ll most likely catch her at the library or in a bookstore. She is a former dancer and an avid theater enthusiast. While she’s no longer on stage, she loves to tell the world’s stories. She hopes you will allow her to tell yours.