Betty S. Wong, former FITNESS editor in chief
"Karla is a rare talent whose positive attitude, tireless work ethic and stellar storytelling abilities make her the type of editor/writer every EIC hopes to be lucky enough hire and keep on staff forever! I had the great fortune to have Karla on the FITNESS editorial team for three years, first as an intern and then as an editorial assistant. When she relocated to Des Moines, we were able to keep Karla on as a freelance contributor for several more years. She regularly pitched and wrote profiles for the magazine as well as reported on news and trend items for our fitness, health, and nutrition front-of-the-book pages as well as for our website. Karla is a joy to work with not only because her work is always polished and reliable, but also because of the can-do, solutions-oriented ingenuity that she applies toward everything she does."
Pam O'Brien, SHAPE deputy editor
"I had the pleasure of working with Karla at FITNESS magazine. She is a talented and highly motivated writer and editor who always goes the extra mile on every assignment. At FITNESS, she wrote the I Did It success stories, which entailed finding, interviewing and profiling numerous candidates every month. Karla consistently delivered compelling and inspiring stories that our readers loved."
Bethany Gumper, freelance editor/writer
"As a senior editor at FITNESS magazine, I had the pleasure of working with Karla for more than five years. We worked closely together on the magazine's hugely popular I Did It section. For each issue, she profiled four inspiring women, and I edited her work. Karla worked tirelessly to find a compelling mix of women to profile and interviewed them with grace and sensitivity (their stories often involved tragedy or very personal information). Karla is the very definition of a team player, working well with the magazine's photo and fashion departments to coordinate the photo shoots. The stories that she wrote struck a chord with readers; her I Did It section consistently garnered more positive reader mail than any other section in the magazine."
Samantha Shelton, former Redbook web editor
"Karla is a dream to work with, and always very enthusiastic about every assignment. She takes the time to dig through the latest research and interview top experts to deliver well-informed, relatable content to readers. And for the last five years that I've worked with her, I don't think she's ever missed a deadline, making my job as her editor that much easier. "
Maggie Fazeli Fard, Senior Editor, Experience Life
"Working with Karla is a true pleasure. Her story ideas are fresh, her copy is clean and editing her work always feels like a collaborative process. She's an editor's dream."
Claire Richmond, owner of Hello and High Five and cooking class guest
"I asked Karla to lead a surprise cooking class to celebrate a friend's birthday and it was a night we will not soon forget! Working with Karla was simple, she came to our location and brought everything we needed for the meal. She worked with us ahead of time to make diet accommodations and a menu that we loved. She was a personable instructor with great information and a hands-on teaching style. We ate our meal right on time and she even did the dishes! I will absolutely hire Karla again for another cooking class."