Kaplan's extensive background in journalism has ranged from public radio reporter covering political conventions to movie reviewer for an international magazine, as well as a correspondent for a couple of pioneering national TV series about computers. Kaplan has been working in broadcasting since the age of 17. He also worked for 30 years as a technology and media manager for a local university where he oversaw the campus television station.
Kaplan spent most of his career working in Long Beach. He currently lives in San Diego, California, with his wife. He has two adult daughters and one grandson.