Today, we’re recognizing a long standing anchor that certainly became part of the fabric in Buffalo Broadcasting as a part of Women’s History Month.
Carol Crissey was a popular news anchor on WIVB-TV, Channel 4 for nearly a quarter century. Known as Carol Jasen for most of her legendary career in Buffalo, she joined Channel 4 in 1979, becoming the stationâ€™s first female anchor.
Carol was first paired up with John Beard, while also reporting for the 11 o’clock news. After John headed to Los Angeles, Carol and the late Bob Koop served as the stationâ€™s primary anchor team for more than a decade. She left Buffalo in 2003 and now lives in Omaha.
Carol Crissey came to Buffalo from Harrisburg, PA where she was an anchor/weathercaster. But it would be Western New York that welcomed her as part of the family.
“Buffalo formed me. Buffalo gave me a home. Buffalo made me feel welcome, and Buffalo really has formed my values, my philosophies, and I’m too late to change now. So this is what you get… I am a Buffalonian, and I carry it in my heart always,” Crissey said.
She was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2003 and we’re proud to salute Carol Crissey during Women’s History Month.