Carolyn Costello comes to PIX11 from our sister station, KTLA, in Los Angeles. For more than 5 years, Carolyn reported and anchored breaking news. She won an Emmy for her investigative series exposing a gang-like subculture among deputies in the LA County Sheriff’s Department, as well violence and corruption within the county jails.

Carolyn prides herself on her versatility. While she loves breaking news and politics, she also enjoys telling human interest and entertainment stories.

Before heading west, Carolyn served as a reporter for WCBS-TV in New York City, but gained much of her experience in the Raleigh-Durham region of North Carolina.
As an anchor and reporter for WNCN-TV, Carolyn led the regional and national coverage of the now-infamous Duke lacrosse case. Carolyn broke several stories in the case, often reporting for MSNBC. She was among the first to report on former District Attorney Mike Nifong’s misconduct against three lacrosse players accused of rape. Following the story to the end, Carolyn reported on the state attorney general’s declaration of the players’ innocence, Nifong being disbarred, and on the disgraced DA’s jail sentence.

Carolyn was born and raised on Long Island. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in communications and began her career at News 12 Long Island. She worked for WLNY-TV in Melville, N.Y., and spent two years working for Cincinnati’s WXIX-TV.

Recent Articles
  • Comfort dogs at Newark Airport assist travelers with stress

    NEWARK, N.J. – The holiday rush is already underway at airports across the country. Millions of travelers will be flying this season to be with their families and they’ve come to expected big crowds and long lines. One airline, though, is giving customers an unexpected gift and it’s already a hit at Newark Airport.  

  • Thousands line Fifth Avenue in NYC to honor veterans at America’s Parade

    MIDTOWN, Manhattan — To the beat of bagpipes and marching bands, more than 20,000 people made their way up Fifth Avenue in New York City for the country’s largest tribute to our Nation’s veterans. Along the route, supporters waved American flags and displayed signs of gratitude. “If it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t have all the freedoms we have today,” said one onlooker. Mayor Bill de Blasio was among the marchers and former New York District Attorney, World War II veteran […]

  • Woman runs New York City Marathon for her father battling cancer

    MANHATTAN – Overwhelmed with emotion, Kaitlin Pearse embraced her father, Rich, just after crossing the finish line of the New York City marathon. Each step of her 26.2 mile journey she  honored his brave battle with cancer.  Last  April, Rich was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma. “It took a toll on our family, it brought us closer together,” Kaitlin said.    Inspired by her father’s courage and strength, and looking to inspire him. Kaitlin  decided to train for marathon. “Even  while he […]

  • New law in New York state allows dogs on restaurant patios

    ALBANY, N.Y.— A new law in New York state will allow dogs to join their human companions on restaurant patios. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the so-called “dining with dogs” bill into law late Monday night. States including California, Florida and Maryland already have similar laws. Dog lovers and many restaurant owners in New York support the idea, noting that the animals would have to be leashed and that restaurants could choose not to allow canines. Legislation intended to help New […]

  • Guardian Angels patrol Hempstead after stray bullet kills 12-year-old Dejah Joyner

    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Nonprofit group Guardian Angels spent Sunday knocking on doors in Hempstead to encourage people to come forward with information on the shooting death of 12-year-old Dejah Joyner. Joyner was fatally wounded nine days ago while eating dinner in her home when the bullet intended for someone else, shattered the window and struck her in the head. Police have issued a $75,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. No arrests have been made and […]

  • Hoboken prepares for flooding as nasty weather continues in New Jersey

  • Mayor mulls axing Times Square pedestrian plazas in crackdown of topless performers

    NEW YORK – In their effort to crackdown on topless women and costumed characters in Times Square, a newly created task force is considering the elimination of pedestrian plazas where those performers gather alongside countless tourists roaming the busy Manhattan attraction. The ranks of nearly nude women at the major tourist attraction have been growing. Many of the women wear only body paint and a thong. They charge a few dollars to pose for photos with tourists. De Blasio said […]

  • Investigation underway into alleged altercation between 2 cops in Bayonne

    BAYONNE. N.J. — A dispute between two police officers left one officer injured. The alleged incident happened Friday morning at a construction site near 51St Street and Avenue E.  A police source tells PIX11 News Bayonne Police Captain Anthony Larino and another officer, both in uniform, got into an argument. Larino then got into his unmarked police car and allegedly backed into his fellow officer. The officer’s leg got caught in the car wheel. As Larino drove forward, the officer […]

  • 7-year-old boy killed, 2 others hurt when SUV slams into Bronx restaurant, then tries to flee

    THE BRONX — A 7-year-old boy was killed and another child and a man were injured when an SUV slammed into a  restaurant in the Bronx Thursday night, and then tried to flee. Witnesses say the Mercedes SUV backed into the Kennedy’s Chicken & Sandwiches on Westchester Avenue in the Pelham Bay section, fatally hurting the boy as well as injuring a 5-year-old girl and a 34-year-old man. The driver sat in the car after the accident for about 30 seconds […]

  • New Yorkers struggle to keep Harlem roots amid gentrification

    HARLEM (PIX11) — For generations, Harlem families have made Sundays at Canaan Baptist Church a way of life. It is a place rich in history and tradition, so famous for it’s gospel music, tourists from around the world wait in line on Sunday mornings to get in. But just outside this historic house of worship the neighborhood is rapidly changing. According to Dr. Thomas Johnson, who has been the church’s pastor for almost a decade, as high priced condominiums continue […]

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