NewsChannel 8's Carole Lambert celebrated her 30th anniversary in television broadcasting in June 2009. In April, 2009, she was inducted into the prestigious Oklahoma Association of Broadcaster's Hall of Fame. In July 2009, she was inducted into the "Silver Circle" Society by the Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. For her professional achievement, Carole received the Best of Broadcasting award from the American Women in Radio and Television, and NewsChannel 8's 10pm newscast has won two Emmys for Best Daily Newscast. In addition, she was voted Tulsa's best TV News Person by "Urban Tulsa Weekly" readers.
Carole has been prime time anchor with KTUL since 1982. She anchors the 4:30, 6 and 10pm weeknight newscasts.
She launched her broadcasting career following her Master of Mass Communication degree from Southern Methodist University. She also holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Music degree from Drury University.
During her time at the anchor desk, NewsChannel 8's 6 and 10pm newscasts have been ranked numerous times in the top ten ABC affiliates. The 10pm newscast has received two Emmys from the NATAS and the Edward R. Murrow award from RTNDA..
Carole's three month long series on literacy received an award from the International Reading Association. And, her award winning series "Silent Screams" heightened awareness of domestic violence in our community.
She has been on the scene to cover numerous natural disasters, and has field anchored "Neighbors in Need" fund raisers.
Carole says her weekly "Waiting Child" reports are perhaps most dear to her heart. "Waiting Child" profiles special needs children in permanent custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services who want to be adopted. Carole has hosted and produced the segments since 1990 featuring more than 2,500 children. As a residual result of the program, more than 4,000 children have found adoptive homes.
Carole is an advocate of the Tulsa Arts Community. For 12 years, Carole was guest performer for the Tulsa Cerebral Palsy Association's "Red Glove Revue." She has performed with both the Tulsa Symphony and the Signature Symphony. She produced and anchored 30 minute specials to preview Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King." Carole has emceed fund raisers for both Tulsa Opera and the Tulsa Ballet.
Carole maintains a high profile in our community, generously giving of her time and talent. Over the years, she has hosted numerous telethons for the Arthritis Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy, the Children's Hospital at Saint Frances, and Tulsa's Arts and Humanities Council. They have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charitable causes.
For several years, Carole has served as an advisory board member for Tulsa's Assistance League. And, she has anchored two fundraising videos for that philanthropy. She is also an advisory board member for Brush Creek Youth Ranch and has participated in several fund raisers for Tulsa Youth Services.
For more than a decade, Carole was spokesperson for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree, and is the annual emcee for the Tulsa Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary fundraiser. Plus, she is NewsChannel 8's spokesperson for KTUL's BOK/Salvation Army toy drive.
Carole's community involvement is far reaching into classrooms, on the parade route, or on the fashion runway, and, her she has also spotlighted community volunteers in her "People Making a Difference" feature.
For many years, Carole served on the volunteer board for the Tulsa County DHS Children's Shelter. She has emceed many foster parent banquets, produced videos for DHS adoption, and talked to civic groups about the "Waiting Child" program.
Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating proclaimed November 23, 2000 as "Carole Lambert Day" in the state of Oklahoma. She is the recipient of the "Friend of Children" award from the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy. Carole and KTUL received the "Adoption Excellence" award for Public Awareness by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. And, Carole received the 2004 "Congressional Angel Adoption" award.
In addition, Carole received a state volunteerism award from OKDHS, and the "Child Partner" award and 2008 "Adoptive Advocate of the Year" award from DHS. Plus, she received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
The Southside Tulsa Sertoma Club recognized Carole's commitment to the community with its "Service to Mankind" award. She received the
"Distinguished Alumna Award for Community Service" from her alma mater, Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. And, Carole was named "Woman of the Year" by her sorority at the Tulsa Panhellenic awards fundraising ceremony. This first time award recognized recipients for both professional achievements and involvement in the community.
Carole's first position was anchor and producer of a noon talk show for KAUZ TV in Wichita Falls, TX. From there, she was co-anchor and reporter at KOAM TV in Pittsburg, KS.
In 1981, Carole joined the team at KTVY/KFOR in Oklahoma City as full time reporter, fill in anchor.
And, in June 1982 Carole moved to Tulsa and began her employment with KTUL.