Carolyn Costello
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Carolyn Costello is a news reporter and fill-in anchor for KTLA.

Carolyn prides herself on her versatility. While she loves breaking news and politics, she also enjoys telling human interest and entertainment stories.

Before heading west, where she loves the sunny outdoors, Carolyn served as a reporter for WCBS-TV in New York City, and gained much of her experience in the Raleigh-Durham region of North Carolina.

As an anchor and reporter for WNCN-TV, Carolyn led the regional and national coverage of the now-infamous Duke lacrosse case. Carolyn broke several stories in the case, often reporting for MSNBC. She was among the first to report on former District Attorney Mike Nifong's misconduct against three lacrosse players accused of rape. Following the story to the end, Carolyn reported when the state attorney general declared the players' innocence, when Nifong was disbarred and when the disgraced DA was sentenced to jail.

Carolyn was born and raised in Long Island, N.Y. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Communications and began her career at News 12 Long Island. She worked for WLNY-TV in Melville, N.Y., and spent two years working for Cincinnati's WXIX-TV.


Recent Articles
  • Crews excavated a more than 2,300 square foot site on Sunset Boulevard where a water main broke, the LADWP tweeted in a photo on Thursday.

    UCLA Flood: LADWP Crews Excavate Water Main Site, Prepare for Repairs

    On the second day of efforts to address a massive water main break that flooded much of UCLA, tow trucks began removing dozens of car stranded in an underground parking garage on campus on Thursday. Out on the street, workers completed an excavation below Sunset Boulevard, which remained closed to traffic. Crews worked to shore up the site so that two 93-year-old trunklines that burst — sending 20 million gallons of water into the air and onto UCLA’s campus — can […]

  • Authorities were responding to the scene where a young boy was trapped in a hot vehicle in Sylmar on July 30, 2014. He later died. (Credit: KTLA)

    3-Year-Old Boy Dies After Getting Trapped in Hot Car in Sylmar: LAPD

    A 3-year-old boy who climbed into a hot car in Sylmar and could not escape was transported to the hospital in grave condition and later died, authorities said Wednesday. The child was found in cardiac arrest inside a locked car when firefighters arrived at the 14400 block of Foothill Boulevard (map), according to Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department. He was transported to Olive View Hospital in grave condition, Main said. He was not breathing when first responders arrived after […]

  • Nick Fagnano died July 27, 2014, after being struck by lightning in Venice Beach. He posted this photo on his Twitter account on June 2, 2012. He graduated from Notre Dame High School

    Venice Beach Lightning Strike Victim, 20, Was ‘Amazing Kid,’ Uncle Says

    After a 20-year-old Los Angeles resident was identified Monday as the victim of a lightning strike in Venice Beach the previous day, his uncle was speaking about the young man’s “always happy” attitude. Nick Fagnano was believed to be swimming or surfing when he was hit by lightning near the 3500 block of South Ocean Front Walk (map) Sunday afternoon. He was missing for about an hour before he was found and transported to a Marina del Rey hospital, where he […]

  • Surveillance video captured Santa Ana police officers beating a burglary suspect on June 20, 2014.

    Surveillance Video Captures Santa Ana Police Beating Burglary Suspect

    Santa Ana police were looking into a recent arrest that ended with officers using physical force on a burglary suspect, authorities said on Friday. Surveillance video captured the beating, which occurred on June 20 in the front yard of a home located in the 400 block of Sycamore Street, the Orange County Register reported. The video showed the suspect, identified as Miguel Vargas, putting his hands up and lying face-down on the ground, appearing to surrender as police officers move […]

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    UC Irvine Police Looking for Man Who Asked Female Students if He Could Massage, Photograph Their Feet

    Police at the University of California, Irvine were looking for a man who allegedly approached female students on campus and asked them if he could massage their feet and photograph them, authorities said on Thursday. The first reported incident occurred on the afternoon of July 11 inside Langston Library. The man approached a student and asked her in Japanese if she could help him study for an English exam, a news release from UC Irvine police said. After she agreed, […]

  • The Long Beach Police Department released the sketch of a man suspected of pulling a Muslim woman's hijab off during a hate crime attack July 2. (Credit: Los Angeles Times via Long Beach Police Department)

    Man Tore Off Muslim Woman’s Hijab Outside Long Beach Trader Joe’s in Hate Crime: Police

    The Long Beach Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying the man who committed a hate crime against a Muslim woman in the Bixby Knolls area. Authorities said the incident occurred around 4:30 p.m.  July 2 in the parking lot of a shopping center in the 4000 block of Atlantic Avenue. Police say the assailant approached the woman from behind as she was loading items into the trunk of her car. The man grabbed the woman’s black hijab […]

  • A SWAT vehicle and patrol cars were on scene at search for one or two people in Moreno Valley on July 22, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Moreno Valley SWAT Team Searching Area for ‘Suspects’ After 2 Slain, Officer Wounded

    A SWAT team and sheriff’s deputies were searching for one or two “suspects” after an assault with a deadly weapon call left an officer wounded and a woman dead in Moreno Valley Tuesday. The body of a second victim was discovered in a separate location on Tuesday evening, Moreno Valley Chief of Police Joel Ontiveros said at a news conference. The officer was responding just before 2:30 p.m. at Old Lake Drive and Sunnymead Ranch Parkway (map), where he saw multiple “possible […]

  • A new law designed to address concussions for young football players was signed as new CIF rules restrict practices to no more than 18 hours in a week. Some coaches have been opposed to the law. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

    New State Law Designed to Address Concussions Will Limit School Football Practices

    Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law AB 2127, which prohibits football teams at public middle and high schools from holding full-contact practices that exceed 90 minutes on a single day, bans teams from holding more than two full-contact practices per week during the season and prohibits teams from conducting contact practices during the off-season. The new restrictions, which take effect Jan. 1, 2015, are designed to help reduce concussions and other serious brain injuries. The California Interscholastic Federation, in charge […]

  • A single-engine plane crashed near a Rancho Cucamonga neighborhood on Friday, July 18, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Light Plane Crashes Near Rancho Cucamonga Neighborhood; Pilot Seriously Injured is ID’d

    Sheriff’s deputies were investigating the crash of a single engine plane that came down near a residential neighborhood in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday evening. A call came in around 6:16 p.m. stating a plane was seen flying very low and crashed into a dirt-graded lot below the foothills at Almond Street and Haven Avenue, according to Jodi Miller, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Witnesses reported hearing the plane’s engine sputtering as it neared a group of homes. […]