Born and raised along the Texas/New Mexico border, Karla Navarrete is a longtime Valley journalist. After graduating from the University of Southern California in 1999 with a degree in journalism and Spanish literature, she moved to Phoenix, to begin her broadcasting career at the Univision affiliate, KTVW-33.
Navarrete then made a move to general market in 2000, joining the local NBC affiliate in Phoenix. As the only Spanish-speaking news reporter at the station, she was charged with bringing the Latino voice to the forefront.
Her L.A. days were certainly not over as she then joined the ranks of KMEX, the largest Univision affiliate in the country.
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Family is a big part of Navarrete’s life, especially her father. In the summer of 2003, she moved to her native El Paso to be at her family’s side as her father was diagnosed with end stage renal disease for the second time.
Her move would be a pivotal point in her life, leaving big television markets for her family.
In the fall of 2004, Karla and Aldo were married and the two settled back in the Phoenix area. Navarrete’s father passed away two months after the wedding.
Her return to the Valley brought her to the local ABC affiliate until 2007, when Navarrete decided to stay home with newborn twins, Mara and Mateo.
In 2011, her family grew, adding Marianna to the Contreras family and Navarrete joined KPHO CBS 5 as a freelance reporter. This summer marked her seventh year with the Meredith Coorporation.
Navarrete admits this is the best station she’s ever enjoyed being a member of and is happy to be freelancing, giving her a balance of professional and family life.
In 2014, Navarrete became an adjunct professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. In her capacity, she has taught broadcast television reporting, as well as bilingual television reporting.
Navarrete has also taught at Paradise Valley Community College.
When not covering a story, you can most certainly find Navarrete volunteering at her children’s school, Tarwater Elementary in Chandler, where she currently serves as the PTO president.
Navarrete enjoys reading and running.