Kari Bustamante was born in California and raised in Anchorage. Kari was surrounded by sports since childhood. She started playing soccer at age 4 and dabbled in cross country skiing and track. Her parents even put an ice skating rink in their backyard for Kari and her brother to play hockey on. Kari had a decorated volleyball career at South Anchorage High School and continues to play.
After high school, Kari graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She started working as a weekend sports photographer for Channel 2 her senior year, and began full time after graduation.
In the winter Kari enjoys downhill skiing and spends nearly every day off at Alyeska. The summertime is reserved for fishing on the Kenai with her parents and younger brother, hiking with friends and playing with her yellow lab Colby.