SYRACUSE PRESS CLUB
Itís late October, and it is test time in the WHEN radio newsroom. News D irector Bill Carey is quizzing his staff of young reporters on their homework. Theyíve been assigned the task of learning the contents of a loose-leaf book filled with radio scripts, newspaper clippings and other background information about the candidates on the ballot for the coming election. Bill wants his staff to know what they are talking about on election night and is making sure they are prepared He expects excellence of himself, and as a manger and mentor took the steps to help others around him excel as well.
Billís career began in radio in at WMBO, in Auburn in 1971. He joined WHEN radio in 1974, and by 1976 he was the news director. This was a time when there was a fierce competition between the then independently owned WHEN and WSYR radio newsrooms. Bill led his young staff in often beating his competitors in radio and TV, and led them to numerous awards. A long list of the young people who got their first break in the business under Bill now populates the media in Syracuse and across the country.
When Bill moved from radio to TV in the mid-1980ís he quickly learned the medium and became one of the best visual storytellers in the market. He was a favorite of the news photographers who respected his focus, his creativity, and his keen understanding of the visual aspects of the medium.
He always manages to find just the right words, the right sounds, and the right pictures to tell the story without ever being over dramatic. He knows when to let the sound and pictures do the talking.
He rose to the position of Executive Producer of WTVH, overseeing day-to-day operations of the Channel 5 newsroom. He later became news director.
Under Billís leadership, WTVH continued its dominance in the ratings, and its dominance in news coverage. He led the station to an Emmy award for best newscast. As of 2007, the broadcast he oversaw on the destruction of Pan Am Flight 103 was the only newscast from a non-New York City television station to win that category.
Bill left his management duties behind when he left WTVH in 1993 to assume the role of a reporter.
Bill picked up numerous awards while serving as a key player in WIXT (now WSYR) TVís surge to dominance in the 1990s.
After a brief return to radio, serving as anchor and news director of WSYR radio, Bill helped put Time Warner Cableís all-news channel News 10 Now on the air. He serves as senior reporter and field anchor for the operation. Itís a key position for the channel where many of the staff are new to the business. Bill serves as a mentor for the young staff and the go-to guy when major stories break.
While the 10th Mountain Division has the reputation of being the most deployed unit in the US military, Bill Carey is probably the most deployed journalist in Central New York. Bill has traveled with local military units to the Gulf War, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia and to relief operations in Florida in the wake of Hurricane Andrew. Bill has traveled to London, Lockerbie, Germany Israel, Lebanon and Jordan to tell the story of Pan Am 103. Heís reported from Ground Zero, Pearl Harbor and the Vatican. Heís traveled with the Orangemen to bowl games (when they went to bowl games), and to political conventions. Few local reporters have as many stamps on their passports as does Bill Carey.
But he has also covered virtually every major local story in Central New York in the past 25 years. From political scandals, to the plant closings, to the poignant tributes for fallen police officers, firefighters, and soldiers. Heís produced dozens of documentaries, including one that took viewers inside the conspiracy that sent former mayor Lee Alexander to prison.
In 2002 Bill received the Syracuse Press Clubís Bliven-Ganley-Rossi Career Achievement Award. Heís won two Emmys, six RTNDA Murrow Awards and dozens of awards from the Syracuse Press Club and New York Associated Press Broadcasters Association.
Bill and his wife MaryEllen have three children.