Karla Heath-Sands

Karla Heath-Sands


Karla is an anchor for WALB's noon, 4, 5 and 6 p.m. shows. Originally from Brunswick, Karla started her broadcasting career in 1989 at WMAZ-TV in Macon, as a weathercaster and community service director. Karla came to WALB in 1997, and co-anchors WALB News 10's Today in Georgia at 5 & 6 a.m. and anchors the noon newscast.  Karla hosts WALB's public affairs program, "Dialogue," as well as the public affairs segment during the noon news. 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, Senior Judge, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia, is the mother of two, and is a member of the Bethel AME Church.  She is also a former board member-Girls, Inc. of Albany and Albany Technical College Board,  and is a member of the Albany, Georgia Chapter of Links and Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Additionally, Karla is a member of the Georgia Humanities Council and was the winner of the Georgia Assn. of Broadcasters' "GABBY" winner for Best On-Air personality.

Recent Articles by Karla

  Why filling out your Census form is key

  Do you know some of the lesser-known COVID-19 terms?

Peaceful march for Ocilla shooting victim set for Saturday

Webinar set for on ‘how what we eat affects our brains’

  Annual Albany men’s health event set for next week

Women of Color Initative launching summer self-care program

  Nursing a family affair for Donalsonville mother, daughter

Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing available in Albany

  Albany outreach center offers free summer food program

  Home healthcare expand services to meet COVID-19 needs

Panel discussion on mental health during pandemic set for Thursday

  Wilson retires as Albany Civil Rights Insitute director

  COVID-19 cancels Albany church’s summer camp

  Creative Curators to offer drive-up movies in Downtown Albany

  Albany Tech offering assistance to displaced workers

SWGA author encouraging submissions for book on COVID-19 experiences

  South Georgia meat store aiming to meet high demand during pandemic

  Celebrating Mother’s Day in the wake of a pandemic

  DCSS planning 2020-21 school year amid pandemic

  Pretoria Fields partners with sanitizing service for hand sanitizer production expansion

  Caregivers play important role in COVID-19 pandemic

  Applications available for second round of United Way grant

  COVID-19 testing expanded in 3 SWGA counties

Celebrating Easter in the wake of COVID-19

  Albany funeral home offers drive-thru services in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

  Albany business serving the community in time of need

  Albany pastor talks faith, uncertainty in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

  Barnum Funeral Home continuing work set by founders for 5 generations

Hodges sworn in to serve on state Court of Appeals

Moody airman found dead on KY base