Carol Costello anchors the 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (ET) edition of CNN Newsroom each weekday. She is based in the networks world headquarters in Atlanta. Costello previously contributed to The Situation Room and anchored CNN Daybreak, the networks former early morning news program.
Costello has interviewed four former U.S. presidents, President Jimmy Carter, President Ronald Reagan, President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton and has covered four presidential inaugurations.
Costello was a part of CNNs Peabody Award winning coverage of the Gulf Oil Spill, the 2008 presidential election and Hurricane Katrina. During her time with CNN, she has also reported on the last Space Shuttle launch, the Ohio midterm elections, the shooting at Virginia Tech, the tsunami disaster in South Asia, the Russian school hostage crisis and Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne.
Costellos work has been honored numerous times, including a 1991 Emmy Award for a special on crack and cocaine, a UPI award, several Associated Press awards and an Emmy nomination in 1993.
Costello joined CNN in October 2001 from WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., where shed worked five years as an anchor and investigative reporter. Before that, she spent three years at WBAL-TV in Baltimore as an anchor and co-anchor. She began her career as a weekend anchor and reporter for WAKR-TV in Akron, Ohio, then moved to WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio, to work as the station's principal weeknight anchor.
Costello earned a degree in journalism from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.