Lea Tyrrell

Lea Tyrrell is the evening and night co-anchor for News 12 Long Island. If it’s happened on Long Island in the last 20 years, News 12 Long Island’s Lea Tyrrell has brought the story into your living room.

One of Long Island’s most widely known and highly respected television journalists, Lea is the co-anchor of News 12 Long Island’s Evening and Night Editions, and the host of the nightly call-in talk show, Long Island Talks. This Emmy Award-winning anchor and reporter has been with News 12 since it premiered as the country’s first local 24-hour, all-news network in 1986.

Lea’s accomplishments have garnered for her an ever-increasing number of awards and acknowledgements. She received an Emmy Award from the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for her series “Inside the Fire Academy,” an in-depth look at volunteer firefighter training on Long Island. The Television Academy has also recognized her with two other Emmy nominations.

Lea has been the proud recipient of a number of other excellence-in-journalism awards including a Telly Award, the Clarion Award from The Association for Women in Communications, and the highly-coveted New York Festivals Gold Medal and the Grand Award. Her work has also been honored with awards from such professional organizations as the Associated Press and Press Club of Long Island, an Excellence Award from the New York State Heart Association for her medical series “The Cold, Heart Facts,” and FOLIO awards for her live coverage of the Matthew Solomon and Robert Golub murder trials.

The Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women honored Lea with their 2008 Achiever’s Award, which recognizes the accomplishments of women who have excelled in their chosen fields.

Lea has received the Leadership Award for her achievements in telecommunications from the Nassau Community College Adjunct Faculty Association. She has been recognized as a “Women of Distinction” by the March of Dimes, and has been named a nationwide “Woman of Promise” by Good Housekeeping magazine.

Lea has worked with a variety of Long Island educational, civic and community service organizations. She has served as a member of the Board of Overseers of the New York Institute of Technology, and has made a number of personal appearances on behalf of groups such as the American Heart Association, the Chrohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, the National Center for Disability Services and the Association for the Help of Retarded Children.

Lea graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in communications from the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury. She graduated at the top of her class, winning a number of academic awards, with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.

These days, her education centers on learning the fine art of being a working mom. Lea lives on Long Island with her husband Frank, daughter Victoria and two miniature dachshunds.