Carolyn Gusoff Biography and Career

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Carolyn is a highly regarded journalist who has extensively covered major news stories in the New York City area. Known for her trustworthy and dedicated approach, she has become a reliable voice for Long Island’s concerns.

Her impactful documentary “37%” on WCBS-TV shed light on the severe dysfunction within a Long Island school district with one of the lowest graduation rates in the United States. Furthermore, her investigative report titled “Littered Landscape” at CBS New York not only earned her a 2020 Emmy Award but also received recognition through the First Place New York AP Award, LI Press Club, and FOLIO awards. The story led to the much-needed cleanup of numerous adopted highways on Long Island.

Carolyn joined WCBS in 2012, following her three-year tenure at Fox5 WNYW, where she frequently covered the day’s lead story on “Good Day New York.” Prior to that, she worked at WNBC for 15 years, where she served as Long Island Bureau Chief and co-anchored the highly rated weekend morning program “Weekend Today in New York” for five years.

Throughout her career spanning over three decades, Carolyn has reported on significant events that have shaped New York, including the 9/11 terror attacks, major power outages, the Long Island Railroad massacre, and the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy. She was among the first reporters on the scene of notable commercial jetliner crashes, such as Avianca Flight 52, TWA Flight 800, and American Airlines Flight 587.

Carolyn’s dedication to reporting also shone through during the Blizzard of ’96, where she reported non-stop for 36 hours on the historic storm’s aftermath. She has been at the forefront of nearly every major weather event to affect the New York area since.

Before joining NBC, Carolyn worked at News 12 Long Island, where she garnered acclaim for her comprehensive coverage of national stories like the kidnapping of Katie Beers, the Tankleff murders, and the Amy Fisher/Joey Buttafuoco scandal. She also served as a fill-in anchor for the nation’s first 24-hour regional news network. Her broadcasting career began as an anchor/reporter at WEVU-TV, the ABC affiliate in Fort Myers, Florida.

In addition to her journalistic achievements, Carolyn is a New York Times best-selling author for her collaboration with Katie Beers on the book “Buried Memories.” She has received numerous accolades, including four New York Emmy Awards and 17 nominations for her outstanding work in journalistic enterprise, Long Island beat reporting, writing, research, and environmental reporting. Carolyn was also part of the winning team at WCBS that earned an Emmy for their coverage of Superstorm Sandy. Additionally, she won a New York Emmy Award for On-Camera Performance/General Assignment Reporting for her coverage of the Mepham Hazing Scandal. Over the course of her career, she has been honored with several Long Island Fair Media Council FOLIO Awards.

Carolyn holds a Master of Science Degree in Journalism from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and English from Cornell University. During her time at Cornell, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Cornellian and worked as a congressional intern for then-Senator Joe Biden and U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato.

Outside of her journalism career, Carolyn actively participates in leadership roles for charitable causes and local community organizations. Her resilience is evident through her survival of breast cancer twice and her experiences as a working mother. She speaks passionately and humorously about these challenges in public forums.

Born in New York City, Carolyn currently resides in Nassau County with her husband and two children.

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