No one has anchored Long Island news longer than Carol Silva. Carol is the Morning and Midday Edition anchor at News 12 Long Island, America's first 24-hour regional news network.
Carol covers the life of Long Island, with a view of where the Island fits into the rest of the country and world. She tells the story from the News 12 anchor desk and has taken her reporting of real people, legislators, Presidents and Popes, on the road from Albany, to Washington and Texas.
Carol was raised in Hicksville, is a graduate of Holy Trinity High School, and first attended Nassau Community College and the University of Dayton. During her Junior year at Dayton, Carol was lured back to New York when she was offered her first news job at WBAB Radio in Babylon. She went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude on a scholarship from New York Institute of Technology.
Carol’s radio days took her through the anchor desks at WGBB Merrick, WLIR Hempstead, WGSM Huntington and through New York City stations including WNBC, WOR and WKTU Radio, the RKO Radio Network and finally WNET-PBS Television.
Carol joined News 12 Long Island in its first four months as a field reporter. But just six days after being hired, she was anchoring and has remained in the anchor seat of News 12's Number 1 rated show ever since. Carol has won 2 Emmy Awards, more than 30 New York State Associated Press, Regional CableAce, Press Club of Long Island and the Long Island Coalition for Fair Broadcasting awards.
Carol has been named a New York State Senate "Woman of Distinction" and was saluted by the Long Island Congressional Delegation when Long Island Business News named her one of The "Top 50 Women on Long Island." She was the 2007 winner of the Public Relations Professionals of Long Island “Media Member of the Year Award.”
Waking up at 2:45 is a shock to most, but starting early has given Carol the time to be with her family. She was her daughter’s Girl Scout leader for 8 years, which lead to the Girl Scouts of America honoring her with the “Julliet Low Award,” the highest award given an adult. She was also her children’s boys & girls soccer coach for 10 years, a PTA Board Member at their schools, and Carol served on the board of directors for the St. Anthony's High School Crew Team. She and her husband also currently lead the PreCana Program for engaged couples in their Church.
She was also given the TRISCORT Award from the Catholic Archdiocese of New York because they said she “spread optimism, faith and hope in her daily work as a journalist.”
Carol has also served as the honorary chairwoman for the United Way, the Arthritis Foundation, Helen Keller Services for the Blind and for the March of Dimes which named her a "Woman of Distinction." This Mexican American anchor has also been honored as a Hispanic role model by the Nassau County Hispanic Cultural Association.
Carol now writes a monthly column for Long Island Woman Magazine, a “hobby” that started almost ten years after LI Woman first called Carol, "Everyone's favorite Long Island neighbor."
Carol is honored to share the neighborhood!