Andrea McCarren is a television journalist and educator.
Education and private life
After attending Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, McCarren attended the London School of Economics. She earned an anthropology degree, cum laude. Thereafter, she attended graduate school at the University of Southern California School of Journalism on a KCBS-TV Fellowship. She shares three children with husband Bill McCarren, the Executive Director of the National Press Club.
McCarren has served as a local reporter in multiple cities across the United States prior to beginning her career reporting news in Washington D.C. in 1991 at WUSA-TV, the CBS station. She covered the presidency of Bill Clinton for ABC and served as DC correspondent for NBC. She has traveled to and reported on stories in El Salvador and joined Clinton multiple times on Air Force One. She also served as an investigative reporter for WJLA-TV in D.C., until economic downturns in 2009 led the station to terminate her employment with 25 other staff members.
On April 15, 2005, while investigating possible misuse of public funds by local officials, Andrea McCarren and photographer Pete Hakel were the subject of a felony traffic stop. According to McCarren, she had been subject to threatening phone calls attempting to stop her pursuit of the story in the weeks leading up to the incident. They had been surveilling a public official when their car was pulled over by multiple police vehicles responding to what McCarren indicates she was later told was an "officer in trouble call". The matter was taken to court and in 2009 settled by a jury, who found that the county had acted appropriately in making the stop but had used excessive force. They awarded McCarren $5,000 in damages.
In 2012, McCarren made press when a series on underage drinking caused her to go off the air after her adolescent children were targeted by peers for bullying. McCarren's story was presented by a male colleague while she switched her own focus.
- "Biography". Northwest Alcohol Conference. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
- McCarren, Andrew (Summer 2007). "Two Years Later, Justice Denied In reporting a story about public officials' misuse of government funds, police injure an investigative journalist in a ‘particularly violent encounter.’". Nieman Reports. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
- Tucker, Neely (January 24, 2009). "Citing Economy, WJLA Fires 26 Staffers". Washington Post. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
- Castaneda, Ruben (January 17, 2009). "Police Used Excessive Force, Civil Jury Says". Washington Post. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
- Farhi, Paul (February 15, 2012). "WUSA reporter Andrea McCarren balks after backlash over teen drinking stories". Washington Post. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
- Hilton, Shani (February 15, 2012). "WUSA Reporter Switches Beat, Takes Time Off in Wake of Bullying". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
- "Andrea McCarren, WUSA-TV Reporter, Faces Big Backlash Over Underage Drinking Report". The Huffington Post. February 15, 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2013.