Carol Costello Bio: The Personal Life of Former CNN and HLN Anchor

Carol Costello is an American journalist who is best known for her time as a television anchor at CNN. She served as the host of the news program CNN Newsroom before joining the channel’s Los Angeles-based sister network, HLN.

The Ohio native, who is married to Timothy Law Snyder, an educator who serves as the 16th president of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, has received many awards for her work, including an Emmy.

Costello’s days in front of the camera appear to be a thing of the past as she is now a lecturer who co-founded and serves as the chief executive officer of Thumbsicle Productions. She is also a producer, speaker, and host of the I Hate Your Generation Podcast. In some quarters, the journalist may also be considered an actress. This is thanks to her appearance in the “Chapter 35” 2015 episode of House of Cards.

Profile Summary of Carol Costello

  • Full Name: Carol Costello
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: October 11, 1961
  • Carol Costello’s Age: 62 Years Old
  • Ethnicity: White American
  • Nationality: American
  • Zodiac Sign: Libra
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Carol Costello’s Husband: Timothy Law Snyder
  • Carol Costello’s Children: Nil
  • Carol Costello’s Parents: Rachel Whitacre and David Costello
  • Siblings: Three (including Barbara and Jimmy)
  • Carol Costello’s Height in Inches: 5 Feet 7 Inches
  • Carol Costello’s Height in Centimeters: 170 cm
  • Carol Costello’s Weight: 59 kg (130 lb)
  • Carol Costello’s Net Worth: $8 Million
  • Famous for: Career In Broadcast Journalism
  • Carol Costello’s Instagram: carolcostello
  • Twitter: @CarolC
  • Facebook: Carol Costello

The Famous Journalist Is 62 Years Old and a Native of Ohio

You wouldn’t search hard to find that Carol Costello was born on the 11th of October 1961. It has also never been in doubt that she is a native of Ohio. But while most records have it that she was born in Minerva, others have stipulated that her place of birth was in Canton. The latter is a city located in the county seat of Stark County whereas the former is a village also found within the same county.

Nonetheless, there are reasons to believe she was raised in Minerva, including the fact that she attended a public high school in the village called Minerva High School. A lot of facts are yet to be learned about Costello’s early life and family background. At the moment, we can only confirm that she is one of the four kids of her parents – Rachel Whitacre and David Costello. Even though it is hard to tell anything about who her parents and siblings are, some reports have it that hers is a close-knit family.

Carol completed her high school education at Minerva High School. Thereafter, she proceeded to a public research university in Kent, Ohio, to further her education. Carole schooled at Kent State University from 1980 to 1984 and bagged a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Journalism. It was after this that her career journey in journalism began. Many years later, she would receive an honorary doctorate in Public Service from Thiel College, a private liberal arts college in Greenville, Pennsylvania.

Carol Costello Began Her Career Journey With WAKR-TV In Akron, Ohio, and Joined CNN In September 2001

Based on what she studied in college, it might not be out of place to conclude that Carol had always wanted a career in journalism. Just after she graduated from college, she began her career as a reporter for WAKR-TV and soon received a coveted award as a police and court reporter. She would later work as an anchor and reporter for other stations in Columbus, Ohio, like the CBS-affiliated WBNS 10-TV and the ABC-affiliated WSYX, winning an Emmy award that paved the way for her to land a job with a big-league network, CNN.

To the best of our knowledge, it was in September 2001 that Carol Costello’s career with CNN began and it came to an end after over 17 years in October 2018. Within this time frame, she worked as an anchor, correspondent, and wrote op-eds for She notably hosted CNN Newsroom and anchored CNN Headline News. She also contributed to The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and got to interview prominent figures like Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and his wife Hillary Clinton.

Sometime in 2017, the broadcast journalist left CNN for its sister network (HNL) based in Los Angeles to anchor a new show. She related that it was a difficult personal decision and likened it to cutting off her left arm. In August of that same year, she debuted her HNL show titled Across America with Carol Costello. Barley over a month later, HNL disclosed that it had decided to scale back on its live new programs and would be letting go of Costello along with Ashleigh Banfield and Michaela Pereira. This has probably brought Costello’s career in broadcast journalism to an end as nothing has been heard from her in that regard since then; although she hosts the I Hate Your Generation podcast.

She Now Works As a Public Speaker and Lecturer In Journalism

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Although he may not be widely known as his wife, Carol Costello’s husband, Timothy Law Snyder, is a prominent figure. An American educator from Toledo, Ohio, Snyder is a musician, a mathematician, and an academic administrator who currently serves as the 16th President of Loyola Marymount University. He assumed office on the 6th of October 2015.

Timothy Law Snyder attended the University of Toledo where he obtained a B.A. in Psychology, a B.S. in Mathematics, and an M.S. also in Mathematics. That’s not all as he also earned a master of arts degree from Princeton University and then a Ph.D. in Applied and Computational Mathematics from the same institution.

Details of how Carol and her husband fell in love are not readily available but it is said that they met when Costello interviewed him for a report she did about the odds of winning the Powerball lottery. What we can confirm about the two is that they have been married since 2004. This means they have been married for about 18 years as of 2022. In all of these years, there has never been any report about them having marital issues and as far as the public knows, the union hasn’t produced any child. Nonetheless, they are parents to a lovely dog named Jackson Law.

Chinedu Ndubueze
Chinedu Ndubueze
Chinedu holds a B.SC in Mass Communications with several years of writing and editing experience. He is an advocate of closed-back headphones, horror movies, and dark humor; He believes that Peter Griffin and Stan Smith should be real people. Outside of having to write, edit, and work on other forms of content, Chinedu may keep up with the EPL or listen to everything Eminem and Jon Bellion.


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