Originally from Brunswick, Karla started her career in 1989 at WMAZ-TV in Macon, as a weathercaster and community service director.
Karla came to WALB in 1997, and anchors Newscenter 10's early news at 5:30 AM, and co-hosts Today in Georgia. She also hosts WALB's public affairs program, Dialogue.
The Mercer University graduate has a B.A. in English and has been at home on stage from most of her life. She has been a participant in the Miss America Pageant System, and in 1982 as Miss Macon, she was 4th runner-up to Miss Georgia, and in 1985 as Miss Brunswick-Golden Isles, she placed second.
Karla has performed at Six Flags Over Georgia, was a semi-finalist for Star Search in Atlanta, and traveled to Japan in 1998 to sing as a part of the Cherry Blossom Festival. She has also appeared on BET's Bobby Jones Gospel Hour, and is a member of the Bob Cummings and Reflections Band.
Karla is married to W. Louis Sands, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia, is the mother of two, and is a member of the Bethel AME Church, board member-Girls, Inc. of Albany, Albany Technical College Board, and Albany Chapter of Links.
Karla also is a co-chair for the Albany Chamber of Commerce's Image committee and owns her own company, DayLifters! winner of the Georgia Assn. of Broadcasters' "GABBY" winner for Best On-Air personality.
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