Carolyn Gusoff has covered some of the most high profile news stories in New York City and is best known as a trusted, consistent and caring voice of Long Island’s concerns.
Gusoff is currently working as an on-air reporter at WCBS-TV in New York City covering the Long Island beat. She came to CBS2 in 2012 after three years at Fox5 WNYW where she often covered the lead story of the day on Good Day New York. Prior to that, she was with WNBC for 15 years. In addition to her reporting role as Long Island Bureau Chief, she co-anchored the station’s top-rated Saturday and Sunday morning program “Weekend Today in New York” for five years.
Her reporting over the last three decades includes some of the biggest stories of our time: the terror attacks of 9-11, the NYC transit strike, the NYC blackout and the massacre on the Long Island Railroad. More recently, she has reported tirelessly on the devastation wrecked by Hurricane Sandy, the tragic July 4th Oyster Bay boat capsizing, the “Occupy Wall Street” protests, the Long Island drug store massacre, the “Ground Zero” Mosque controversy and the “friendly fire” shooting death of a Hofstra University student. She was one of the first reporters on the scene at three commercial jetliner crashes including Avianca Flight 52, TWA Flight 800 and American Airlines Flight 587. During the Blizzard of ’96, Gusoff reported for 36 hours straight on the historic storm’s toll and has been in the thick of nearly every major weather event to strike the New York area since, including the 2013 Blizzard which buried Suffolk County in nearly three feet of snow.
Gusoff moved to NBC from News 12 Long Island where she was credited for in-depth coverage of such national stories as the kidnapping of Katie Beers, the Tankleff murders and the Amy Fisher/Joey Buttafuoco scandal. She also covered the police/crime beat, courts, the United Nations during the Persian Gulf conflict, and national political conventions. She also worked as primary fill-in anchor for the nation’s first 24-hour regional news network. Her broadcasting career also includes positions as anchor and reporter for the ABC affiliate, WEVU-TV, in Fort Myers, Florida.
She has written for the New York Times, Newsday, and is a frequent opinion page contributor and Internet blogger. She has survived cancer and working motherhood (so far) and speaks publicly with passion and humor about both challenges.
Her collaboration with Katie Beers on Buried Memories has earned her the distinction as a New York Times best-selling author.
Her many honors include three New York Emmy Awards and fifteen New York Emmy nominations. Most recently, she was nominated for Journalistic Enterprise for 2017 Long Island beat reporting and was part of the winning team that earned WCBS an Emmy for its coverage of Superstorm Sandy. In 2004, Gusoff was awarded a New York Emmy Award for On-Camera Performance/General Assignment Reporting for the Mepham Hazing Scandal. Gusoff won two Long Island Fair Media Council 2017 FOLIO Award including The Robert W. Greene Award for Investigative Reporting. In 2016 she won the award in Educational Reporting for her eye-opening investigative report about alleged patronage in the Hempstead School District.
A 2016 Folio Award also honored her coverage of Historical News about the renovation of Sagamore Hill, the home of Theodore Roosevelt. 2015 Folio Awards: Best Spot News Report for her coverage of Long Island flash floods and four 2014 Folio Awards in the categories of Health, Science, Environment and Coastal News. She was awarded five 2013 FOLIO awards for her continuing coverage of Superstorm Sandy and in the categories of “Tax Accountability News,” “Energy News,” “Affordable Housing News,” and “Health Reporting.”
She has garnered dozens of other FOLIO awards in categories ranging from “Best Feature” to “Best Blog,” “Enterprise Reporting” and “Investigative Journalism,” and seven first-place Society of Professional Journalists/Press Club of Long Island awards. Carolyn has also been recognized by The American Women in Radio and Television, The Associated Press/New York Spot News Award and with the United Press International/New York Broadcast Award.
Gusoff holds a Master of Science Degree in Journalism from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and English from Cornell University, where she was Editor-in Chief of theCornellian and a U.S.Congressional intern for then Senator Joe Biden and U.S Senator Alfonse D’Amato. She is currently a Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador and devotes much of her time in leadership roles to charitable causes and local community organizations.
Gusoff was born in New York City and lives in Nassau County with her husband and their two children.