Carol Silva is the Emmy Award-winning Morning and Midday Edition anchor at News 12 Long Island, America's first 24-hour regional news network.
Silva has shared the lives of 3 million Long Islanders while following the stories of presidents and popes, from the News 12 anchor desk, or on planes, in boats and on the road. Her travels have taken her to ground zero after Sept. 11, to Albany, Washington, D.C., New Orleans and Texas.
Silva is a native Long Islander, raised in Hicksville, and a graduate of Holy Trinity High School. She attended Nassau Community College, the University of Dayton and New York Institute of Technology.
Silva was lured back to New York during her junior year of college when she was offered her first radio job at WBAB in Babylon. She then graduated magna cum laude on a scholarship from New York Institute of Technology. She anchored her way through radio newsrooms at WGBB in Merrick, WLIR in Hempstead, WGSM in Huntington and then in New York City at WNBC, WOR, WKTU Radio, the RKO Radio Network and WNET-PBS Television.
Silva joined News 12 Long Island in its first three months as a field reporter, but started anchoring six days later and has remained in the anchor seat of News 12's No. 1 rated show ever since.
Silva has won three Emmy Awards and more than 30 New York State Associated Press Awards, Press Club, Regional CableAce and the Long Island Coalition for Fair Broadcasting awards.
Silva has been named a “Woman of Distinction” by the New York State Senate and saluted by the Long Island congressional delegation when named one of “The Top 50 Women on Long Island” by Long Island Business News. The Long Island Press Newspaper voted her Best Local TV Reporter. She was also named the Media Member of the Year from the Public Relations Professionals of Long Island. After 10 years as her children’s soccer coach and her daughter’s Girl Scout leader, The Girl Scouts of America honored Silva’s volunteer work with their distinguished “Juliette Low Award.” She was a PTA Board Member at her children’s schools, and as a veteran high school rower and competitive swimmer herself, she was on the Board of Directors for her daughter’s high school crew team.
The Catholic Archdiocese of New York gave Silva the TRISCORT Award, saying she “spreads optimism, faith and hope in her daily work as a journalist.”
As a Mexican-American, Silva has been named Long Island Hispanic of the Year by the Suffolk County Police Department, and deemed a Hispanic role model by the Nassau County Hispanic Cultural Association. Silva 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.”
Silva also writes a monthly column for Long Island Woman Magazine, which calls her “everyone’s favorite Long Island neighbor.” Silva is honored to be in the neighborhood!