Carolyn Gusoff


Carolyn Gusoff is an Emmy Award winning broadcast  journalist at CBS2 New York, and Graice Award winning documentary director/producer and author.  

The 5:33- Legacy of the LIRR Massacre is an hour-long CBS News New York documentary which Carolyn produced and directed 30 years after she covered the mass shooting and its aftermath. It won a 2024 Gracie Award. 

Her book, Buried Memories: Katie Beers' Story, was a 2013 New York Times Best Seller.  It has also topped the best seller lists in the UK published by Virgin Books/Random House entitled Help Me.  

Her documentary 37% on WCBS-TV  exposed the shocking dysfunction of a school district on Long Island with one of the worst graduation rates in the USA.  

Her  CBS2 News investigative story "Littered Landscape" earned an Emmy Award, a  First Place New York AP Award, LI Press Club and FOLIO awards,  and resulted in the overdue clean up of Long Island's adopted highways.  

Carolyn has covered some of the most high profile news stories in the  New York City area  and is best known as a trusted, tenacious, consistent and caring voice of Long Island's concerns. 

TV Career

Carolyn is an on-air reporter at WCBS-TV covering the Long Island beat. She is passionate about telling important, inspiring , and enlightening stories that inform public discourse.  

She came to CBS2 in 2012 after 3 years at Fox5 WNYW where she covered the lead story of the day on Good Day New York.  Prior to that, she was the Long Island Bureau Chief for WNBC for 15 years and  co-anchored the station’s top-rated Saturday and Sunday morning program “Weekend Today in New York” .

Her reporting over the  last nearly 4 decades includes some of the biggest New York stories of our time: the terror attacks of 9-11, massive power outages and the massacre on the Long Island Railroad.  She reported tirelessly on the devastation wrecked by Superstorm Sandy.  She was one of  the first reporters on the scene at  three commercial jetliner crashes  (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.  

 Gusoff moved to NBC  from News 12 Long Island where she was credited for in-depth  coverage of national stories such as the kidnapping of Katie Beers, the Tankleff murders and the Amy Fisher/Joey Buttafuoco scandal. She was the  fill-in anchor for the nation’s first 24-hour regional news network. Her broadcasting career began as anchor/ reporter for the ABC affiliate,  WEVU-TV,  in Fort Myers, Florida. 


Carolyn's  collaboration with Katie Beers on Buried Memories earned her the distinction as a New York Times best-selling author. The book was  #1 in Amazon e-book sales for True Crime and Motivational Memoir.

 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 The Cornellian and a U.S.Congressional intern for then Senator Joe Biden and U.S Senator Alfonse D'Amato. 

She devotes much of her time in leadership roles to charitable causes and local community organizations. Carolyn is a recipient of  the Public Relations Professionals of Long Island’s Outstanding Media Member Award.  She has survived breast cancer twice and working motherhood, and speaks publicly with passion and humor about both challenges.

Gusoff was born in New York City and lives in Nassau County with her husband. They have two grown children. 


Her many honors include a Gracie Award for best  Documentary (Local TV) and 4 New York  Emmy Awards and 24  New York Emmy nominations including Diversity Reporting(2023), Spot News(2022) and Consumer Reporting (2022), Long Island Beat Reporting (2021),  Environmental and Health Reporting (2021)  Writing, Research and Journalistic Enterprise(2020).  She 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.  

In nearly 4 decades, Gusoff has won scores of  Fair Media Council  FOLIO Awards which are bestowed by Long Island leaders in business, academia, public service, marketing, medicine and other areas of local civic life.   

The 5:33 Documentary and LI Historically Black Beach Communities each won First Place  honors from the  Long Island Press Club in 2024. 

2023 Highlights:

The 5:33- Legacy of the LIRR Massacre

The Arrest of Accused Gi lgo Murders Suspect 

Ukranian Amputees get New Limbs

Deaf Blind Artist creates Sculptures 

Long Island's Historically Black Beach Communities- Sag Harbor

High School Teaches Mindfulness 

Volunteer Cuddlers

Offshore Wind Power comes to Long Island 

Oil Bandits

Giving Dolls 

Shinnecock Kelp Farmers 

Revolutionary War Spy Boat Rebuilt

Father's Day Osprey Chicks

A unique Lifeguard Save

 Unknown Soldier Unknown No Longer 

Dance Festival Victim Survives Hamas Massacre 

Shinnecock Education Complaints 

2023 Awards include 7 Fair Media Council FOLIO Awards :

Autistic Valedictorian

Operation Splash

Children of Desegregation (Emmy Nominated) 

Superstorm Sandy 10 Years Later

Every Friday

East Hampton Police Mental Health

First in Nation Smart Lockers Debut 


High Pressure Beauty Sales 

Lives Lost By Drivers with Suspended Licenses

A Room with a View- Osprey Nest on Lighthouse 

Rescue Group Gets Rescued by Public

Electric Vehicles Surge Across Long Island 

Bull on the Run 

Local Delegation in Capitol Siege 


Coronavirus Pandemic Coverage:  Frontline Nurse

Community Affairs News:  Long Islanders Protest 

Environment Feature:  Butterfly Mama


Watch Dog News and New York Emmy Award,  NY Associated Press Award, Best Investigative Report  : Littered Landscape 

Public Policy: Shinnecock Nation Billboards

Environment: Cigarette Butts Stamped Out 

Non-Profit News: Oh My Goodness, Lindenhurst Cafe

Consumer Issues: Glamping Comes to Long Island 


Best News Special Report and NY Emmy Nomination, Best Writing and Research, 37%

Environment: Nuns Go Green

Arts & Culture: 

Coltrane House Named National Treasure

A 2018  Robert W. Greene Award for Investigative Reporting (the sale of suspected defective turf at Long Island schools and parks.)

She was awarded a 2016 FOLIO for her eye-opening investigative report about alleged patronage in the Hempstead School District.  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."  

Carolyn has also been recognized by The American Women in Radio and Television, multiple  Associated Press/New York  Awards  and  the  United Press International/New York Broadcast Award.


CBS New York Blizzard February 9, 2013 

Superstorm Sandy Nov. 1, 2021 Sand-buried streets of Long Beach

Superstorm Sandy Nov. 2, 2012

Superstorm Sandy 2012 Nov. 1, 2012 

Superstorm Sandy Oct. 31, 2012

Superstorm Sandy Oct. 31, 2012


Midair Collision Over Hudson, Aug. 8, 2009

Co-Anchor, WNBC Weekend Today in New York, 2008

Crash of Flight 587 ongoing coverage, 2001

LIRR Massacre December 1993

Amy Fisher and Katie Beers Stories 1992

News 12 Long Island, Trial of Martin Tankleff 1990

Part 2: Trial of Martin Tankleff 1990

Crash of Avianca Flight 52, 1990

1988/89 Compilation:Cheryl Pierson, Honduras w/US Army

Crash of USAir Flight 5050 Sept. 20, 1989

Walter Hudson Coverage/Stephen McDonald, 1987


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