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Busta’s Person of the Week: Carol Andrews is living her ‘best life’ with passion and service to others

Busta’s Person of the Week: Carol Andrews is living her ‘best life’ with passion and  service to others
January 13
14:40 2021

By Busta Brown

Carol Andrews was the face and voice we all knew and loved for 12 years at WGHP and six years at WFMY. In 2014 Andrews left the anchor chair and in 2019 she became the face of Sinclair Broadcasting Stations ABC 45, WXLV and My 48 WMYV in the Triad region of North Carolina. 

Carol was born in Fort Dix, N.J., went to high school in Atlanta, Ga., and college at the University of Michigan. “I’m an Army brat, Busta,” she said while laughing. 

Carol’s positive spirit is infectious. Here’s a quote and some advice from her website in 2018: “Focus takes practice. Practice saying no to things outside of your vision. Practice surrounding yourself with people who support your efforts. Practice shutting out those well-intentioned discouragers. Practice making your vision a priority. Practice keeping those ‘life happens’ situations in perspective. And have a game plan for those things we know will happen. Like death, taxes and sickness.” 

What drives Carol is her love for people, which is why she’s still one of the best and most respected journalists in the business, “My passion is for that mom waiting for her teenager to come home and I’m about to do a story about a car crash that killed two people. So, my passion as a news anchor was about that mom, to make sure I don’t panic her. My passion was always for people, and not necessarily the business,” said Carol. 

The legendary TV news anchor’s first choice was law school, but she literally couldn’t stomach it, “I hated it! It physically made me ill to stay in law school, because I had no passion for it. I knew in college I didn’t want to be a lawyer, but I went anyway. So, journalism or teaching were my back-up plans,” shared Carol. She got her start on a public access station in Atlanta, Ga. Before the station shut down the news cast, Carol made sure her staff had jobs elsewhere. “It was the right thing to do. God expects a lot from us, and it’s up to us to accept the challenge. And I’m my happiest when I’m helping other people,” she said with a warm smile. 

I asked Carol, when did that ‘aha moment’ hit when she knew TV was it? “When I came home from my first day on air at WALB in Albany, Ga. I looked at my parents and my dad had the biggest grin on his face, because he was so proud of me. And I said, alright, here we go.” She laughs out loud and said, “But I wasn’t any good! My first boss said that I was terrible, I had no talent, I didn’t have the look to be an anchor, and that I should probably find something else to do. And I smiled, because I didn’t look like his version of what an anchor should be and I get that,” said Carol. 

The humbleness of this amazing woman exemplifies two lines that I live by from Isaiah 54:17: “No weapon formed against me shall prosper” and “Remember, what God has for you is yours. No one can take it away or stop you from receiving it.” Success as a TV news anchor was clearly God’s plan for Carol Andrews, and for nearly 30 years, she’s done extremely well. You go Carol! 

The wife and mother of one is now living her best life. “I have found my passion and my ministry and at 62, I have a second wind for life,” shared Carol. She’s now one of the most sought-after speakers and executive coaches in the country. Here’s a nugget from Carol: “You know how we do a post on social media, and we hashtag it? Have you ever hashtagged yourself? Always hashtag yourself and go deep and personal with your hashtag. And if you can do that in five minutes, you haven’t done it any justice. I sow seeds so that others can bloom. It’s both funny and sad how disciplined we are with other people’s time, but when it comes to doing things for ourselves, our businesses, or dream, the discipline seems to take a backseat. Take the self-discipline out of the backseat of that car you’re driving.”

Wow! Thank you, Carol!

She’s also an author and is currently sharing her latest writing contribution to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of inspirational books. Her latest story: “The Miracle of my Eyes” is in the CSS “Believe in Miracles” book, released February 2020. In 2021 we will see Carol in the Chicken Soup series again, and this time with some coaching advice. 

Did I mention that Carol’s an entrepreneur as well? She promotes health and wellness with her business Juice+. “I fight from the inside out. I’m everything that I am because of God’s grace. I can exercise from anywhere in this world because He has this magnificent gym surrounding me. I can walk to my mailbox and get in my exercise. The other thing is God’s garden. The food that He created and we don’t tamper with, is what keeps us whole. That’s how I fight from the inside out. Busta, I tapped out at 235 pounds! Like most of us, I tried and failed with different diets. So, I ended up with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and everything else they said would kill me. I came off all of the different medications, but I was still nutritionally poor. I made the decision to take control of my health, and my business Juice + helps with that. It’s food in a capsule. Fruits, veggies, berries, and all picked fresh, pulverized, frozen, then powered and put in a capsule. It looks like a vitamin, but it’s really food and has a food label. What it has done is inspired healthy living,” said the veteran news anchor.

She’s also very active in serving the community. Andrews is a board member of the Rotary Club of High Point and the Ricky Proehl P.O.W.E.R. OF Play Foundation in Greensboro, and both require active community work, “I’m always ready to roll up my sleeves,” she boasts. 

My phenomenal Person of the Week is Carol Andrews. Carol resides in Winston-Salem, has a son in college, and has been happily married for seven years to husband Benny. For more information or to book or contact Carol, email: ncwriter58@nullyahoo.com or phone:,336-310-9571. 

“God is the gardener, Jesus is the vine, and I’m one of many branches. I want to stay attached to the vine.” 

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