Carol Anne Riddell served as anchor of News 4 New York’s 6 and 11 p.m. Sunday evening newscasts. Joining News 4 New York in September 1996, Riddell also covered children and education, and in 2005, launched “Family Matters,” a weekly segment that focuses on family and parenting issues. In addition, Riddell has covered the New York City School System overcrowding crisis, filed multiple reports on the deplorable conditions of several city schools and examined how the system handles the special needs of disabled students. Riddell’s reports have also helped shed light on some of the specific problems affecting New York City schools, including a story on a child who missed weeks of class due to a busing error. After Riddell reported this story, the child finally received proper transportation. Her series on schools disposing of uneaten food also prompted the Board of Education to review its policies and to meet with groups that deliver food to the needy. Carol Anne recently received awards from the NY State Associated Press Broadcasters Association for First Place in Best Feature and was also honored in the category of general excellence in individual reporting.
Before joining News 4 New York, Riddell served as reporter, host, and anchor at New York 1 News from 1992-96 where she covered politics, education, and investigative and general assignment stories.
Riddell has garnered numerous awards including three New York State Broadcasters Association awards for Outstanding Individual Program/Series Designed for Children (2002), Outstanding Hard News Story (2001) and Outstanding Public Affairs Programming (2000); part of the News 4 New York team honored with an Emmy®-award for the 2003-04 series, “What Matters;” “New York Cub Reporter of the Year” and a Feature Award honor from the New York Press Club; a National Award for Education Reporting by The Education Writers Association for her story, “Lost Bounty;” honored, along with Gabe Pressman and Melissa Russo, by the Citizens Committee for Children for their coverage on what is affecting kids; and the first-ever Hunter College School of Education Media Appreciation Award for her outstanding efforts to convey the challenges and opportunities of urban education. In 2006, she served as President of the Inner Circle, an organization of journalists that raises money for local charities. In 2000, Riddell served as President of the New York Press Club, after serving as a member of the Club’s Board of Directors. Riddell graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University, and received a Master of Science degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.