By Kat Anderson
February 15, 2012
ABC news anchor and reporter, Carolyn Tyler, was honored Tuesday during “Celebrate Black History Month” by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell stated that he was “honored to recognize a great district 2 resident who has been part of our lives for many years at ABC.” Farrell presented Tyler with a commendation signed by the Board.
Farrell recounted that during her 20 years of broadcast journalism experience, Tyler has produced several special reports including an Emmy-nominated series on the impact of the Civil Rights movement on Bay Area students. She was also nominated for an Emmy for her series on San Francisco’s homeless crisis.
Tyler also received two of the highest honors in Broadcast Journalism for coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake: the George Foster Peabody Award and the Edward R. Murrow Award. In 2007, Tyler was honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with the Silver Circle Award for her distinguished broadcasting career.
Tyler has received numerous community awards including the Rosa Parks Legacy Award in 2006 from the A. Philip Randolph Institute and the Media Award from the Bay Area Coalition of 100 Black Women.
Tyler is a member of the Bay Area Black Journalists Association and is the founding co-chair of Friends Of Faith. Friends Of Faith is a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for low-income breast cancer survivors in the Bay Area.
Tyler currently covers the San Francisco City Hall beat. Farrell said, “Carolyn is one of our favorite people at City Hall, and I couldn’t be prouder to honor this district 2 resident.”
Tyler addressed the Board, “When I got to City Hall today and saw all the hoopla, I thought ‘Wow! I’ve touched so many lives!’ Then I realized there was this celebration of Tony Bennett and some famous song.”
Tyler went on to say, “I love San Francisco, my district, my neighborhood. I am honored to receive this award, especially during Black HIstory month.”
Tyler shared with the audience that she moved to San Francisco 25 years ago. Tyler’s brother, Ronald Tyler, and her sister, Takai Tyler, accompanied her in chambers. She has eight brothers and two sisters. Tyler also acknowledged her partner, Gary Love, whom she said was aptly named considering it was Valentine’s Day.
“I want to thank my station for allowing me to cover City Hall. I hope I can take my commendation and use it to keep from getting parking tickets today,” Tyler said.