Introducing Carol Costello

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I am pleased to introduce Carol Costello, an award-winning journalist and news anchor, who is currently the host of HLN’s show, “Across America with Carol Costello.” Her distinguished career as a local, regional, and national broadcaster spans three decades, covering a broad range of world leaders, events, and politics. Carol joined CNN in 2001 as an anchor on “Headline News.” From 2012 to 2017, she hosted “Newsroom,” and previously contributed to “The Situation Room” and anchored “Daybreak,” the network’s former early morning news program.

At CNN, Carol was at the forefront of some of the world’s most significant stories. She was part of CNN's Peabody Award-winning coverage of the Gulf Oil Spill, Hurricane Katrina, and the 2008 presidential election.  She also reported on Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, the Boston Marathon bombing, the last space shuttle launch, the Ohio midterm elections, the shooting at Virginia Tech, the tsunami disaster in South Asia, the Russian school hostage crisis, and Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne. Carol interviewed four former U.S. presidents: President Jimmy Carter, President Ronald Reagan, President George H.W. Bush, and President Bill Clinton; she covered five presidential inaugurations.

Before joining CNN, Carol worked at WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., where she was an anchor and investigative reporter for five years. Prior to that, she spent three years at WBAL-TV in Baltimore. She began her career as a weekend anchor and reporter for WAKR-TV in Akron, Ohio, then moved to WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio, to serve as the station's principal weeknight anchor.

Carol's reporting has been honored numerous times, including a 1991 Emmy Award for a special on crack and cocaine, a UPI award, and several Associated Press awards. She received an Emmy nomination in 1993, then again in 2008 for outstanding coverage of a breaking news story after Benazir Bhutto’s assassination. In 2009, she received an individual Emmy nomination for Outstanding Morning Program. Costello earned a degree in journalism from Kent State University in Ohio. She is currently based out of CNN Los Angeles, and she also serves as LMU’s First Lady. She is an active contributor on CNN.com and in social media using her Twitter handle @CarolHLN.

Pleased join me in welcoming Carol Costello.