Carol Lin ~Former CNN AnchorCarol has a bright and sunny disposition. She is brilliant with her words. Carol represents a strong and independent woman and mother. She is a true example of a self-made professional. She continues to expand her impact everyday through her new venture around cancer support.
How Would You Define Womanhood?
“Womanhood is about defining the “me” before I becomes a “we”. Being a woman is about creating choices in my life and having the conviction to stand by those choices, whether it’s carrying a few extra pounds, having a child, or getting married only when the timing is right. If I believe I actually have choices, then I will take responsibility for making good ones.”
What inspired you to follow your passion and dreams?
“Curiosity, the desire to make a difference and the need to challenge myself just to see what I can do.”
What advice would you give young women?
“Be your own source of strength and comfort. Believe that you are in love, happy, and fulfilled because you started by feeling that way about yourself, alone. Then the power of being together is amplified and you will experience the kind of joy that you can’t begin to imagine. It starts within you and no one else.”
Carol Lin served as a news anchor and correspondent for CNN from 1998 to 2006. She was based in the network's worldwide headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.
During her tenure at CNN, Lin anchored several news programs, including CNN Early Edition, CNN Live at Daybreak, the weekend editions of CNN Newsroom, and the former news-magazine program CNN NewsStand. She traveled the globe to report on numerous breaking news stories for CNN, including the rebuilding of Kosovo, the shootings at Columbine High School, the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, and live from New York City's Times Square as part of CNN's world wide Millennium night coverage.
However, of all the news stories Lin reported on and anchored, she is well remembered by many Americans as the first national news anchor to break the news of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. The first bulletins broke into a commercial.
Lin's solid journalism had been praised by numerous media critics, including CBS Marketwatch's Jon Friedman who cited how she handled the news of the death of her former ABC News colleague Peter Jennings. Friedman first noted "CNN distinguished itself by sticking to the story and giving a balanced picture of Jennings' career -- thanks in large part to Lin's composure," and went on to write that Lin "was steady, thoughtful and, most of all, reliable -- the essential quality for any journalist working under pressure."
As stated above, before joining CNN, Lin was with ABC News. She served as a national correspondent and substitute anchor for "Good Morning America" and also reported for "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings." While with ABC News, Lin reported on The Freeman Stand off in Montana, The UniBomber arrest, the North Dakota Floods, and the Jon Benet murder case, among other stories. Before joining ABC News, Lin served as a weekend news anchor for KTTV in Los Angeles where she worked in the Special Undercover Investigations Unit. She started her reporting career at the Washington, D.C., bureau of CONUS Communications where she covered the Reagan presidency.
Lin has been honored with numerous awards for her work, including three Los Angeles Press Club Awards. Lin was also the first recipient of the National IMAGE Award by the Organization of Chinese Americans.
Lin earned a bachelor's degree in political science from UCLA.