WYFF News 4 anchor Jane Robelot DeCarvalho is one of five people being honored by the Clemson Alumni Association with its Distinguished Service Award.
The award is presented to Clemson alumni based on personal and professional accomplishments, dedication and service to the university, and devotion to community and public service. The other honorees are Thomas James “Jimmy” Bell Jr., Mary Anne McDonald Bigger, James H. “Hank” Owen Jr. and Steve Watt.
“The Clemson Family is made up of many remarkable people including leaders, professionals, innovators and dedicated community servants,” said Wil Brasington, Clemson Alumni Association executive director. “Each year we are honored to recognize a few of our incredibly successful alumni who have remained deeply committed to our great university. I am so proud of them, and they are all very deserving of this recognition.”
While at Clemson, DeCarvalho served on the Central Spirit Committee; coordinated pep rallies before football games; reported on the student radio station, WSBF-FM; and began her professional radio career at WCCP-AM in Clemson as news and sports director.
Following her 1982 graduation, DeCarvalho’s career in radio continued at the Clemson Network flagship station WFBC-AM/FM as the co-host of the Tiger Tailgate show, before she shifted to television journalism when she joined CBS affiliate WSPA-TV in Spartanburg. Later, she moved to WCAU-TV in Philadelphia and in 1995, she was promoted to CBS News in New York City where she anchored the CBS morning news and eventually “CBS This Morning.”
Throughout her television career, DeCarvalho covered major national and international events, including the Oklahoma City bombing, the death of Princess Diana and the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.
DeCarvalho later relocated to Atlanta and then back to Greenville, where she and her family launched Carolina Zoon Productions. She also joined WYFF News 4 as a news anchor and correspondent. She has received two national Emmys and a Peabody Award.
In connection with Clemson, she has served as a public ambassador for the school and in 1989, she was honored as the Clemson University Young Alumnus. DeCarvalho has also mentored Clemson students, spoken in the classroom throughout the years and emceed major events at the university. In addition, she has served on various university boards and committees, 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.
In addition to her profession accomplishments and work with Clemson, DeCarvalho served on the original board of AID Upstate and donated her services to Goodwill Industries, the United Way, Upstate Forever and the Cancer Survivors Park. She is also involved in St. Francis Foundation’s breast cancer fundraising and awareness campaign Pearls and Pumps, volunteers her time in the area schools, and has hosted the Women’s Health segment for Dabo’s All In Foundation Ladies Clinic.