October 11, 1961 |
Minerva, Ohio, U.S.
|Education||B.A., Kent State University|
|Occupation||CNN News presenter|
|Notable credit(s)||CNN Newsroom
The Situation Room
Early life and education
Costello is a graduate of Minerva High School in Minerva, Ohio, and Kent State University where she earned a B.A. in journalism. After attending Kent State University, Costello worked at Akron, Ohio's WAKR-TV as an award-winning police and court reporter. Following that Costello was an emmy-award-winning anchor/reporter for WSYX and WBNS 10-TV, the CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio.
Costello also worked as an anchor at CNN Headline News and was also the anchor of Good Morning Washington and an investigative reporter at WJLA-TV, the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C., during the September 11 attacks. A former resident of Atlanta, Georgia, Costello had moved to the New York area after getting married in 2004. She later moved with her husband to Baltimore, Maryland.
She previously worked out of the network's New York City bureau. She was part of CNN's Peabody-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the 2008 presidential election, and also covered the Virginia Tech massacre, the inauguration of Barack Obama and the Casey Anthony trial. Costello has done in-depth reporting on bullying, coal ash, and women's issues. After a CNN viewer nominated her, Costello ran with the Olympic torch through the streets of Atlanta prior to the Atlanta Olympics.
As a reporter and anchor, Costello has interviewed Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and George H. W. Bush. Previously, Costello anchored the CNN early morning program CNN Daybreak and also was news reader and correspondent on American Morning. She was the anchor of CNN Daybreak, then a New York-based correspondent, and subsequently a contributor to The Situation Room. Currently, Costello hosts the 9 am–11 am slot of CNN Newsroom.
Costello elicited criticism when she gleefully referred to video showing an assault on Bristol Palin as "quite possibly the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across.”  Carol Costello even went further and on her Twitter account posted this message indicating that all of CNN shared the hapiness that a young lady was assaulted. Carol Costello Verified account @CarolCNN "This is quite possibly the best minute and half of audio we've come across in a long long time #PalinBrawl #CNN http://cnn.it/1yknS14  CNN and Costello refused to issue a public apology even after acknowledging the inappropriate behavior and apologizing in a private communication to another news source. 
- Rothstein, Betsy (2012-02-25). "CNN's Costello to Atlanta". MediaBistro. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
- Porter, Todd (2012-06-26). "Minerva’s grass-roots Hall of Fame is open". CantonRep.com. Retrieved 2012-07-12. "The thinking is if current Minerva students are able to see the success of past students, such as CNN news anchor Carol Costello, it can motivate and inspire them."
- Freismuth, Renee (2004-02-19). "CNN Anchor Costello to Return to Kent State". eInside. Retrieved 2010-02-15. "Costello attended Kent State until 1982, when she left the university without earning her degree...Costello’s visit will fulfill the requirements for her to earn her undergraduate degree from Kent State."
- "Carol Costello". CNN.com. CNN. Retrieved 2012-07-12. "Costello earned a degree in journalism from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio."
- "CNN Anchors to Run Olympic Torch in Atlanta, New York City". Time Warner. 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
- "Another Assignment For Carol Costello". MediaBistro. 2006-11-03. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
- Ashe Schow (Oct 23, 2014). "CNN anchor gives grins and thumbs up to violence against the 'Right' women". Washington Examiner.
- Profile at CNN website
- Carol Costello on Twitter
- Carol Costello on Facebook
- Carol Costello at the Internet Movie Database