What Happened to Alum Kari Byron of 'Mythbusters' Fame

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Photo of Kari Byron standing in front of a race car

GAZETTE REVIEW (MINNEAPOLIS) -- Before finding a place on television, Byron worked as an artist, specializing in sculpture. She was born on December 18, 1974, and went to high school in Los Gatos. From there she went to San Francisco State University, and graduated in 1998 with a degree in film and sculpture.

Around that time, Adam Savage and Jamey Hyneman were working together on BattleBots, a Comedy Central show about the sport of robot combat. After being interviewed by Discovery about another similar show, Robot Wars, Hyneman was asked to produce a casting video for the network.

When Mythbusters started, Byron worked behind the scenes to help build some of the equipment Savage and Hyneman would use in the episodes. As the first season went on, her and other members of M5 Industries began to be shown in episodes. By the second season, three of Hyneman’s crew were organized as the “Build Team”: Byron, Tory Belleci and Scottie Chapman.