Paul Caron joined the WHNT News 19 team as Assistant News Director in July 2017. “It’s an honor and a privilege to join a news team known for its high standards in journalism and responsibility to the community. “The Rocket City” is a great fit for me and my family. I have covered the space program previously, we love living in the South, and Huntsville is a hidden gem, in a beautiful part of the country,” he said.
An award-winning Senior Manager and journalist, Paul was previously the Managing Editor at CBS 46 News, WGCL- TV in Atlanta, GA. Prior to WGCL, Caron spent nearly 30-years at CNN, most recently as CNN’s National Content Center Manager. He oversaw news coverage from CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta, including the Boston Marathon bombing, presidential elections and debates, many hurricanes, plane crashes and other major breaking news stories. Caron was the Political Desk Manager for the 2008 Presidential campaign, and was a part of the CNN team winning two Emmys and a Peabody Award for exceptional political coverage.
He has the unique background with experience in front of the camera and behind it. He was a reporter for CNN in Miami where he covered dozens of Space Shuttle launches and landings, and of course, many hurricanes in the Southeast. In London, he reported on resignation of UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, IRA bombings in London and the impact of Gulf War I on Europe. He started with CNN in Detroit, where he as on the scene of one of the worst plane crashes in U.S. aviation history, the Northwest Airlines crash which killed 156 people—and had only one survivor—the miraculous story of then 4-year-old Cecilia Cichan.
Caron has also been honored with several other prestigious awards including an Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University Award and Associated Press Awards. Caron was also commended by FBI for his assistance in finding a kidnapped child. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Broadcast and Cinematic Arts from Central Michigan University. He was born and raised in Detroit.
Paul and his wife Colleen live in Madison, and commute to Atlanta often to see their 2 grown children and their families, including a grand-daughter (and another grand-daughter on the way!).
When he isn’t chasing news, Paul enjoys sports and traveling with Colleen. Paul was a radio play-by-play announcer for high school football and basketball in Michigan. He is usually following teams from his Detroit roots, but watching just about any live sports event, especially college football. He plays ice hockey in an adult hockey league and is looking forward to seeing his first Huntsville Havoc game in person! He and Colleen also enjoy trying restaurants and returning to the great ones they really enjoy.
“I take great pride in being a journalist, in making sure our team is accurate and fair. I want to make sure we are covering the stories that matter most to our community. Please feel free to let me know how we can do a better job for you. And let me know when you find we’re doing things well,” he said. Email Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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