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.
Carol 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. She has covered stories from Ground Zero after September 11, to Albany, Washington, D.C., New Orleans and Texas.
Carol 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, which awarded her an Honorary Doctorate in 2018 for her professional and community work.
In Carol’s junior year of college 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 Long Island radio newsrooms at WGBB, WLIR and WGSM, and in New York City at WNBC, WOR, WKTU Radio, the RKO Radio Network and WNET-PBS Television.
Carol joined News 12 Long Island in its first three months as a field reporter, but started anchoring six days later, and she has remained in the anchor seat of News 12's Number 1 rated show ever since.
Carol has won three Emmy Awards and more than 30 New York State Associated Press, Press Club, Regional CableAce, Long Island Coalition for Fair Broadcasting and other journalism awards.
Carol has been named a “Woman of Distinction” by the New York State Senate and saluted by the Long Island Congressional delegation when Long Island Business News named her a “Top 50 Women on Long Island.” 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 Carol’s volunteer work with their distinguished volunteer “Juliette Low Award.” Carol was a PTA Board Member at her children’s school, and with her history as a veteran high school rower and competitive swimmer, she was on the Board of Directors for her daughter’s high school crew team.
The Catholic Archdiocese of New York gave Carol the TRISCORT Award, saying she “spreads optimism, faith and hope in her daily work as a journalist.”
As a Mexican-American, Carol 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. 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.”
For 22 years Carol taught PreCana marriage preparation courses with her husband. She loves spending time doing motivational speaking. Carol also writes a monthly column for Long Island Woman Magazine, which calls her “everyone’s favorite Long Island neighbor.” Carol is honored to be a part of the neighborhood!