A 1984 graduate of Burke High School in Charleston, South Carolina, Carolyn Murray was born in New York City but says saltwater runs through her veins. With family and friends throughout the Southeast region, Carolyn is thrilled that her broadcasting career has been spent primarily in the Lowcountry anchoring evening newscasts.
Carolyn’s career began shortly after graduating from the University of South Carolina in 1988. She worked for WPAL AM Radio in Charleston, South Carolina as an anchor, reporter, and public affairs director. From there, she accepted a position anchoring the daily news broadcasts at WMGL FM. Her broadcasting career then moved her in front of the camera in 1989. She worked as news anchor and reporter at WCSC TV for 12 years before moving to the Midwest of Chicago and WBBM TV. She began working at the CBS station as consumer reporter in 2001. An offer to anchor and report in Charleston came 2 years later. Carolyn began her career at WCBD TV in the fall of 2003.
Carolyn has earned many journalism awards for consumer and medical reporting, as well as reports that focus on women’s health. She earned a 2000 Southeast Region Emmy Award for Best Newscast and Emmy nominations for reporting in 2001, 2006 and 2007. She has been recognized by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association and South Carolina Associated Press for reporting. South Carolina AP recognized Carolyn’s candid interview with an elected official who was battling pancreatic cancer. She was also followed families through their struggle of receiving medical therapy coverage for their autistic children until the proposal became law in the South Carolina Legislature.
Carolyn works closely with Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer Center, Roper Saint Francis Families For a Healthy Heart, Franklin C. Fetter Community Health Day and MUSC Reach 2010. Some of her medical reporting has personal connections. She has personally shown viewers the simplicity of being tested for heart disease, asthma and even undergone a mammogram. She became involved with local and regional diabetes awareness campaigns after her grandmother died of diabetes complications and 2 family members were diagnosed with diabetes. In an effort to educate other families about the importance of maintaining their heart health, Carolyn has led 5-K runs/walks, emceed banquets and balls and served as a local spokesperson for the Red Dress campaign.
In her personal time, Carolyn has worked as a Board Member for the Young Women’s Christian Association, and worked with the Salvation Army, MUSC Nursing School Advisory Board, Mayor’s Office on Children, Youth and Families. Junior League of Charleston, and the Charleston Chapter of Links Incorporated. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. In an effort to increase awareness about the importance of early literacy, Carolyn volunteers with many local initiatives such as the Sea Island Gullah Heritage Festival, Barnes and Nobles Saturday Readers, Jenkins Institute, and The Charleston County Library.
Carolyn and her husband enjoy their lives in Charleston with their daughter and 3 cats. Off the news set, Carolyn enjoys spending time with her close-knit family, her church family, reading novels, working in her yard, fishing and distance running. She is a certified SPIN instructor who has run 6 marathons from Charleston to Anchorage Alaska and dozens of shorter road races.
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