Nicole Carroll (journalist)

Nicole Carroll (born 1967) is an American journalist. She is the editor-in-chief of USA Today in the United States.

Nicole Carroll
BornOctober 20, 1967
Longview, Texas
Alma materArizona State University
Georgetown University
OccupationJournalist, editor
Spouse(s)Bradley P. Hartman

Early lifeEdit

Carroll was born in 1967 in Longview, Texas.[1] She grew up in Canyon, Texas.[1] Carroll graduated from the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in 1991, and she earned her master's degree from Georgetown University in 1996.[1]

In 2008, Carroll was inducted into the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication Alumni Hall of Fame.[2]


Carroll began her career by working for El Paso Times and the East Valley Tribune.[3] She worked for The Arizona Republic from 1999 to 2018, first as an editor, and as vice president of news and the editor from 2015 to 2018.[3] At the Republic, Carroll led the project that won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting.[4] Her Republic teams were twice named a Pulitzer finalist (2012, 2014) in Breaking News.[5]

Carroll was awarded the Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year award from the National Press Foundation in 2017.[1]

In 2018, Carroll became a member of the Pulitzer Prize board. The 19-member Pulitzer Board comprises mainly leading journalists or news executives from media outlets across the U.S., as well as five academics or persons in the arts.[6]

Carroll succeeded Joanne Lipman as the editor-in-chief of USA Today in February 2018.[1][3]

Blackface controversyEdit

Carroll was editor-in-chief of the 1989 Arizona State University yearbook. In the yearbook was a photograph of two people in black face dressed as celebrities at a Halloween party. Carroll was credited with page layout for the photographs. Carroll has apologized for her role in publishing the photo spread, describing herself shocked when learning of "my role in publishing a racist and harmful photo in my college yearbook."[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Carroll has three children with her husband Bradley Hartman.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e Edmonds, Rick (February 14, 2018). "Nicole Carroll named editor-in-chief of USA Today". Poynter Institute. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  2. ^ "Republic Editor Named to Alumni Hall of Fame". Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. 2009-02-04. Retrieved 2019-11-16.
  3. ^ a b c Steinberg, Brian (2018-02-14). "USA Today Names Nicole Carroll Editor in Chief". Variety. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
  4. ^ "The 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Explanatory Reporting". 2018. Retrieved 2019-11-16.
  5. ^ "The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Breaking News Reporting". 2012.
  6. ^ Staff. "Nicole Carroll Named to Pulitzer Prize Board". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2019-11-16.
  7. ^ "Republic review finds blackface in ASU, UA yearbooks". azcentral. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  8. ^ Wiles, Russ (February 14, 2018). "Arizona Republic editor Nicole Carroll named USA TODAY editor in chief". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved February 21, 2019.