A closer look at the CBS San Diego sports director reveals the personality behind all that panache.
After more than three decades in sports broadcasting, Kyle Kraska has covered virtually every sporting event and earned accolades including three Emmys and three Golden Mike Awards. In 2015, Kraska was ambushed in his driveway and shot six times, miraculously surviving thanks to the help of a quick-acting neighbor who performed emergency care until the paramedics arrived, as well as the excellent care administered by first responders and hospital personnel, with his injuries requiring 14 units of blood and four operations. Kraska’s personal experience led him to partner with the American Red Cross to create the Celebration of Heroes Blood Drive in 2019. While the annual blood drive is now Red Cross’ largest single-day drive in California, Kraska isn’t done trying to make a difference. He’s currently in the process of creating a nonprofit benefiting first responders called #KKsHeroes Foundation.
The best advice I’ve ever received is just be you. No one else can do you as well as you.
If I wasn’t in my current career, I would be in a rock band.
The craziest thing I’ve ever done is gone nighttime deep diving with sharks.
Six bullets changed my life.
If there were 26 hours in a day, I would spend more time mentoring kids.
Zeglio is my go-to for custom suiting.
My favorite watch is a TW Steel.
I am known for my positive attitude.
Running, swimming and a sugar-free diet keep me fit.
Photography by: Jay Reilly; shot on location at Zephyr Signature Homes on Stratford Court, Del Mar; interior design by Samuel Amoia.