Adele Sammarco, an original NY1 Video Journalist, is the cable channel’s first female Criminal Justice Reporter.
Illustrating an unwavering dedication to her work, Adele’s news managers called her their "role model for borough beat reporters" and personified her as "one of NY1's most recognizable faces".
Epitomizing her investigative reports as "someone who gets material no one else gets", Adele broke numerous citywide and national exclusives.
Considered a pioneer in 24-hour cable television video journalism, Adele was widely-known for her pursuit of and outward tenacity for the truth. Her bravery exemplified in her investigative work led to the arrest and conviction of an organized crime associate and helped free a woman imprisoned under the draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws.
The William Moses Kunstler Fund for Racial Justice hailed Adele's reports, calling them "worthy of a dozen Emmys", and exaulted her as "one of New York's most hardworking and fearless television reporters on the scene today".
Adele filed thousands of stories for NY1 between 1992 and 2001, from breaking news to high-profile cases such as the Genovese Crime Boss Vincent "Chin" Gigante trial, the World Trade Center bombing trial, and the Osama Bin Laden in absentia trial six months prior to the second bombing of the WTC.
Adele was the first television reporter to enter the Jersey City apartment of the terrorists who drove the Ryder Truck packed with explosives into the sub-basement of the WTC in 1993, and recorded the contents of their living area, including their passports and chemistry books. At the time, original NY1 Video Journalists solely operated their own professional video cameras and had no producing assistance in the field.
Her police brutality, ethnic profiling, and the changing leadership within the New York City Police Department earned her recognition from the Police Benevolent Association and The Associated Press, which stated Adele's report of a disabled Haitian man beaten by police had them "riveted to TV".
Adele investigated the world’s largest landfill, The Fresh Kills, and reported on rare forms of cancers that developed in residents living nearby and was first to report its official closure.
Her reports earned Adele an award for outstanding coverage from the Natural Resources Defense Council, an organization dedicated to environmental protection, spearheaded by Robert Kennedy, Jr.
In 1996, U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White contacted Adele to let her know that one of the organized crime figures she investigated would be indicted along with 18 others in connection to kickbacks at the Feast of San Gennaro, which afforded her the opportunity to break the news exclusively.
In 1999, Adele covered the police shooting trial of the four police officers who shot an unarmed West African immigrant 41 times while he stood inside the vestibule of his Bronx apartment building, breaking several exclusives from the trial in Albany and was chosen by her peers to be the courtroom pool reporter during jury selection.
An in-depth and empathetic reporter who found a homeless man a job, Adele used her nose-for-news and gum-shoe abilities to find David Berkowitz's last victim and interviewed him on the spot where he and his date, Stacy Moskowitz, parked in Brooklyn. Robert Violante, in an exclusive interview, relayed what happened that fateful night Stacy was killed by the Son of Sam. Berkowitz eventually wrote Adele from prison to say he found God.
Promoted several times throughout her near decade-long tenure at NY1, Adele went on to become an anchor and was on the anchor desk the morning John Kennedy, Jr., his wife and sister were discovered, ad-libbing live for hours in the tragic aftermath.
The National Italian-American scholarship organization known as Fieri, which in Italian means "to be proud", presented Adele with their Leadership in Education Award.
A native of New York, Adele received her B.F.A. from the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and immediately began her professional career at WWOR-TV/Channel 9 soon after the Gulf War broke out in 1990, where she produced the trial of John Gotti Sr. and the Crown Heights Riots of 1991.
Adele is a SAG-AFTRA member and Alzheimer's Advocate.