CLEMSON, S.C. – WYFF News 4 anchor, Jane Robelot DeCarvalho, is being honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor that the association bestows upon former Clemson Tigers.
DeCarvalho was born in Greenville, South Carolina and graduated from Clemson University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. She began her professional career in radio before making the move into television journalism with WSPA-TV, the CBS affiliate in the Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville-Anderson market. After leaving the Upstate, DeCarvalho joined CBS-owned WCAU-TV in Philadelphia. The hallmark of her professional career came in 1995 when she was promoted to CBS News in New York City where she anchored CBS Morning News and later CBS This Morning.
During her career, DeCarvalho has covered major national and international events including the Oklahoma City bombing, death of Princess Diana, Pope John Paul II’s visit to Cuba and the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. After a move to Atlanta, she and her family moved to Greenville and launched Carolina Zoon Productions. DeCarvalho also joined the WYFF News 4 team as a news anchor and correspondent. Her work has been recognized locally and nationally with numerous awards, including two National Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award.
During her years as a Clemson student, DeCarvalho served on Central Spirit Committee and coordinated pep rallies prior to football games. She also reported for Clemson’s student radio station, WSBF-FM. Her professional radio career began in Clemson with WCCP-AM as news and sports director, sending her “voice reports” to radio stations throughout the country on Clemson home football games. After graduating, she moved to Greenville to work with the Clemson Network flagship station WFBC-AM/FM as the co-host of Tiger Tailgate Show. While anchoring for WSPA-TV she also co-hosted The Danny Ford Show and The Cliff Ellis Show.
As an alumna, she has remained in close contact with Clemson and been a very public ambassador for the University. She was honored to be the Clemson University Young Alumnus in 1989. DeCarvalho has also focused her attention on enriching the lives of Clemson’s students through mentorship and speaking in the classroom. She served on numerous boards and committees for the University including The President’s Advisory Board of President Emeritus James F. Barker and was a founding member of the board for the Center for the Visual Arts. She has often served as an emcee of major events at Clemson. DeCarvalho and her husband have also provided pro-bono video production services for the University.
Giving back to her community, she served on the original board of AID Upstate, donated her services to Goodwill Industries, the United Way, Upstate Forever and the Cancer Survivors Park in Greenville, South Carolina. She is involved in St. Francis Foundation’s “Pearls and Pumps,” a fundraiser to raise awareness and financial support for breast cancer, volunteers her time in Upstate schools, and has hosted the Women’s Health segment for Dabo’s All In Foundation Ladies Clinic. DeCarvalho is a Fellow of the Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Initiative and a member of the Greenville Professional Women’s Forum.
The prestigious Clemson Alumni Distinguished Service Award is based on three main criteria: personal and professional accomplishments; dedication and service to Clemson University; and devotion to community and public service. Members of the Clemson family nominate potential winners, who are then selected by the Clemson Alumni Association as outstanding alumni, public servants and examples to others.
DeCarvalho and her husband, Mario, have one son, George, who is currently a junior at Clemson. She currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina.
The Clemson Alumni Association, an open-membership, nonprofit organization since its inception in 1896, connects members of the more than 161,000-strong Clemson Family, inspiring pride, celebrating achievement, providing service and strengthening relationships with Clemson University and with each other. For more information, visit Clemson.edu/alumni.
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