John Carroll started working as a freelance reporter for 10News in September 2008, but as of May 2011, Carroll joins 10News as a fulltime staff reporter/writer.
After graduating from Pepperdine University where he helped launch the campus' first television newscast, Carroll went on to begin his career as a producer at what was then KCRL TV, the NBC affiliate in Reno, Nev. Within a few months, he transitioned into reporting, and in 1987 he was promoted to weekend anchor/reporter.
In 1991, he joined KNPB-TV, the PBS station in Reno. There he produced and anchored a local reporter's roundtable show and also produced a weekly public affairs program. Over his two-year tenure at KNPB, he also produced 2 documentaries -- one on the debate over storing nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain in southern Nevada and the other on the spread of HIV/AIDS among the teenage population of northern Nevada.
But the news bug refused to die and so in October 1993, he joined KOLO-TV, the ABC station in Reno as a reporter. He was promoted to weekend anchor in 1997 and remained in that position until leaving the station in August 2000. During his time at KOLO, he won two awards from the RTNDA (Radio & Television News Directors Association) for best spot news writing and for best special program. The latter award was for producing and anchoring the station's live coverage of the implosion of a landmark hotel in Reno.
He left KOLO for an opportunity in Los Angeles. In September 2000, he joined KCOP-TV as a special projects producer. But the excitement and challenge of day-to-day news coverage continued to beckon, so in August 2002 he "moved across town" to become an associate producer and writer at KCBS/KCAL TV.
Carroll's family has made San Diego their home since 1978 and his goal was always to get home and be a reporter here. In September 2008, the opportunity to be a freelance reporter arose at KGTV. In April 2011 came the offer to join the station as a full time staff reporter/writer.
"I jumped at the chance. It's been a longtime career goal of mine to return to my hometown and work here. Being a member of 10News with all of its amazingly talented people is both humbling and very gratifying. Unlike some, I plan to stay in San Diego and work the rest of my career right here in America's Finest City. I'm thrilled to be here!"
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