Miami Station’s First Female Reporter Retiring After 43 Years

By Kevin Eck 

Reporter Carmel Cafiero is retiring from WSVN after more than 40 years at the Miami Fox affiliate.

The Sun-Sentinel reports Cafiero was “the first and only female reporter at WSVN when she began in 1973.”

“I was just a kid,” Cafiero said. “When I started, we shot film for the news. Your story had to be back [in the studio] no later than 3 p.m. Such a difference today. Everything is on the Cloud. I am not sure what the Cloud is, but it’s where it goes.”

Cafiero has been working out of WSVN’s Broward Bureau in Fort Lauderdale. Through the years, she has collected various honors including two George Foster Peabody awards, a Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service award as well as nine Emmy awards, according to her WSVN bio.

In 2010, she won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for her “Pill Mills” series, which showed the dangers of prescription drug use and the inner workings of these so-called pain clinics.

“Those series of reports, I like to think, helped save some lives and hopefully helped make our community better and safer,” said Cafiero, 68.