Malena Caruso

Malena Caruso

Toledo, Ohio

Malena Caruso joined WTOL in 2016 as a nighttime reporter. She now is the Go 419 host -- bringing you the best of all there is to do every week in the 419!

Her passions include people, learning and sharing information. She is Ohio born and raised and happy to call Toledo home.

Malena is familiar with the Toledo market, as she moved here in 2013 from Washington, D.C. While in DC, she worked for the Washington Bureau of ABC news and ESPN before moving to Chicago to attend graduate school at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2011.

After earning her MSJ, she returned to DC and worked for The Associated Press and Al Jazeera English before moving to Toledo to continue her on-air reporting career.

Malena earned her B.A. in broadcast journalism with a political science minor from Kent State University. She is originally from Northeast Ohio - a huge Cavs and Indians fan!

When she's not at the station, Malena loves being out in the community. She's a respected yoga instructor in the community acting as an ambassador for Toledo's lululemon athletica store, an avid runner and a lover of all things outdoors. She loves the area Metroparks and running with the Dave's Marathon in training groups.

She is the proud mother of a chocolate Labradoodle named Duke Bear.


  • Kent State University, bachelor of arts in broadcast journalism, political science minor
  • Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, master of science in journalism

Recent Articles by Malena

Go 419 Weekend Rundown: Week of April 18

Celebrate local business and brews at the Go 419 Day tap takeover

  A spot in west Toledo where nutrition is made easy

  'Les Misérables’ – a Broadway spectacular right here the 419!

Go 419 Weekend Rundown: Week of April 11