2017 GRAND MARSHAL
Award winning journalist Carol Costello is the host of HLN’s Across America with Carol Costello, a two hour news show airing weekdays from 11-1pmET, covering the day’s news and most-talked about stories. She is based in the network’s Los Angeles bureau.
Prior to joining HLN in February of 2017, Costello anchored the 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (ET) edition of CNN Newsroom. 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 also covered the 2016 political campaign for CNN and anchored from both conventions and was part of the network’s coverage during the debates.
Costello covered the terrorist shootings in San Bernardino and Orlando and anchored wall-to-wall coverage of flight MH-370 and the George Zimmerman trial. Additionally, she was a part of CNN’s 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 Boston Marathon Bombing, 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.
Costello’s work has been honored numerous times, a 1991 Emmy Award for a special on crack and cocaine, a UPI award, several Associated Press awards and multiple Emmy nominations.
Costello joined CNN in October 2001 from WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., where she’d 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.