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.