Carolyn Holly

Carolyn Holly


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After more than 30 years of working in the field of broadcast news, Carolyn Holly is one of Idaho's most experienced and best known television personalities. Indeed, she has been instrumental in helping KTVB become Idaho's news leader.

Carolyn's broadcast career started the day before she graduated from Oregon State University in 1981, when she was offered a part time job by KGW in Portland and then a full time reporting job at KIFI in Idaho Falls. Before long she was anchoring their news and in 1982, she joined the KTVB family as a weekend and morning news anchor. Carolyn broke ground in the Idaho journalism world by launching the first half hour morning television newscast in Idaho, Idaho at Sunrise. In 1990, Carolyn was promoted to the evening news where she remains as the anchor of the News at Ten. More recently she has taken on anchoring the News at Four each weekday with Dee Sarton.

As you might imagine, Carolyn has had a wide variety of news experiences, but certainly none as startling as the day she was indirectly hit by lightning while broadcasting live from the Boise River festival. "It was a real shocker for our viewers," she laughs. Amazingly, she was not seriously injured from the jolt- but these days she is a little more reluctant to head out in the live truck during electrical storms.

The stories that touch Carolyn the most are the ones that teach life's most important lessons. She is quick to remember a long series of intimate interviews with the late Boise State University coach Pokey Allen who lost a long battle with a rare form of cancer... but not before sharing his struggle with Carolyn and her viewers. "We all learned about being a human being from Pokey Allen," she recalls.

In her distinguished career, Carolyn has won numerous awards throughout the Northwest for her reports on health and social issues.

While work and family occupy a great deal of her time, Carolyn manages to find plenty of time to give to her community. Her volunteer work includes: membership on the St. Luke's Hospital Children's Board, The Governor's Task Force on Adolescent Pregnancy, and The Idaho Women's Fitness Celebration. Carolyn and her family are also involved in little league, Y-ball and Optimist Football. "Sports are our family's passion," she says. "Dad's the coach, the boys are our stars and Mom's the Number One fan!"