Michael Gargiulo (journalist)

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Not to be confused with his father, television director Mike Gargiulo or alleged serial killer Michael Gargiulo.
Michael Gargiulo
Born Michael Lewis Gargiulo
(1960-02-12) February 12, 1960 (age 58)
Manhattan, New York
Ethnicity Italian-American
Education Xavier High School
New York University
Occupation Anchor/Reporter
Agent N.S. Bienstock Inc.
Notable credit(s) News Anchor (WNBC)
Spouse(s) Shannon Powell
Children Andrew (Gargy) Gargiulo, Olivia Gargiulo
Website http://www.nbcnewyork.com/on-air/about-us/Michael_Gargiulo.html

Michael Louis Gargiulo (Born February 12, 1960) is a veteran American television news anchor at WNBC News 4 New York, NBC’s flagship owned and operated station. Gargiulo has anchored Today in New York with Darlene Rodriguez since 2008, and has been embedded with US military units in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, and the Persian Gulf.

Early life

Gargiulo was born and raised in Manhattan, New York. He is of Italian ancestry and is the child of Mike Gargiulo and Dorothy Gargiulo.[1]

Gargiulo was a graduate of Xavier High School and later attended New York University, where he received a bachelor's degree in History. In addition to English, he studied Italian, French, Russian and German. The Charleston NBC WSAZ affiliate hired Gargiulo in 1984 to host the local edition of the syndicated magazine show PM Magazine.


After PM Magazine, Gargiulo worked as a reporter and anchor at WYOU-TV (CBS Scranton, PA). Later in the early 1990s, Gargiulo went to then ABC (now CBS) affiliate WLKY in Louisville as a reporter. From 1993 to 1997, he served as a reporter and anchor at KSTP-TV in Minneapolis.

He served as Washington DC Correspondent for Hearst-Argyle Television, a network of some ABC, CBS and NBC stations in some markets from 1997 until 2000. He anchored the morning newscast on WTTG, a Fox owned and operated station in Washington DC from 2000 until 2006.

In July 2006, Garguilo joined WNBC to become a general assignment reporter,[2] and was then named anchor of Weekend Today in New York. In October 2007, Gargiulo was named anchor of 5:30pm newscast along with Sue Simmons, and later replaced Rob Morrison as co-anchor of Today in New York in May 2008. As an anchor at WNBC, he has steered coverage of some of the most memorable events in recent memory including the visitation of Pope Benedict XVI to the US, the Commissioning of USS New York, the President Obama's visit to Ground Zero,[3] Hurricanes Irene[4] and Sandy,[5] the Giants Tickertape Parade,[6] The shooting at The Empire State Building,[7] Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown,[8] and the death of Ed Koch.[9] In June 2008, he began as an anchor of Today in New York along with Darlene Rodriguez[10] who succeed him from Rob Morrison when he later joined rival WCBS-TV until 2013 due to Morrison's domestic abuse scandal.[11] During his tenure at WNBC, he has also been the host of Nonstop Rundown along with Erika Tarantal and Tracie Strahan. In 2014, Gargiulo traveled to Eastern Afghanistan to cover the last deployment of a unit of the 10th Mountain Division. He reported on the same Division in Iraq in 2007. He has also reported from Kuwait and Iraq in 2004 and from the US Navy's operations in the Persian Gulf. He spent a night in the Iraqi/US guarded oil terminals off the Iraq/Iranian coast in 2007.

Gargiulo occasionally appeared on Nickelodeon original series, Team Umizoomi when he played as a reporter.

Awards & Honors

During his long career, Gargiulo has been recognized for his contributions to the community. He serves as the host of many community events, especially those helping food banks and homeless relief programs. In 2008, Gargiulo was nomminated for an Emmy Award for the feature news category but lost to WNYW's Mary Garofalo. In 2009, he won an Emmy Award for breaking news coverage on the Upper East Side Crane Collapse. He was nomminated for Historical/Cultural on the news, but lost to News 12 Connecticut's David Springer, and he nominated an News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Regional News Story-Spot News along with Darlene Rodriguez, but they lost to Houston, Texas' KHOU-TV. In 2010, he won the Emmy for best Morning Newscast along with Erika Tarantal for Today in New York. In 2011, he and Darlene Rodriguez were nominated for the Emmy for best morning newscast, but they lost to News 12 Connecticut's Heather Kovar and Amelie Wilson. In early 2012, Michael and Darlene were nomminated for an Emmy for Best morning newscast, but lost to WABC-TV's Lori Stokes and Ken Rosato. In September of that year, he appeared along with Lauren Calvo in a PSA for Lighthouse International's Double Up 4 Vision event.[12] In October, Gargiulo was the master of ceremonies for the The Epiphany School Foundation's annual Walkathon and was honoured by the organization. In 2013, he was nomminated for some awards like The NY Emmys (for best for morning newscast); however, he lost to WXTV's Merijoel Duran. Gargiulo then won for best Breaking News reporting. He was nomminated for News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Regional News Story-Spot News along with Shiba Russell, but they lost to WBZ-TV. In October 2013, Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn honored Gargiulo for his dedicated reporting. In March 2014, Michael lost his Best News Anchor award at the NY Emmys, but WPIX's Tamsen Fadal won the best Anchor. Later in October 2014, Michael and his WNBC colleagues won the News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Regional News Story-Spot News for their Superstorm Sandy coverage.


Aside from news reporting, Michael is a huge soccer fan. He is Roman Catholic. Gargiulo is married to Shannon Powell. The couple has one son, Andrew (ASVP Gargy) and one daughter, Olivia, a ranked swimmer in Westchester County. They currently live in Larchmont, Westchester County, New York.


Year Title Role First episode Notes
2012 Dateline NBC himself (WNBC Reporter) "Sandy: Rescue and Recovery" As Reporter - WNBC New York
2012-2013 Team Umizoomi himself "Team Umizoomi vs. The Shape Bandit" As Himself

Career timeline

  • 1984–1987: WSAZ-TV reporter; PM Magazine host
  • 1987–1991: WYOU Anchor; reporter
  • 1991–1993: WLKY reporter
  • 1993–1997: KSTP-TV Anchor of weekend newscasts; reporter
  • 1997–2000: Hearst Television White House correspondent
  • 2000–2006: WTTG Anchor of weekday morning news
  • 2006–present: WNBC
    • 2006–2007: general assignment reporter
    • 2007: Anchor of weekend morning newscasts
    • 2007–2008: Anchor of weekday 5:30 newscasts
    • 2008: Anchor of weekday 5:00 newscasts
    • 2008–present: Anchor of weekday morning newscasts
    • 2010–2011: Nonstop Rundown host


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