Media Relations Specialist
Chris Carola joins Ed Lewi Associates after a 37-year career in journalism, including a total of 34 years with The Associated Press.
Chris’ duties with ELA include working on media relations projects for the firm’s clients, writing and editing press releases, and story placement with local and national media outlets.
His journalism career started in June 1982, when he landed a job as an office assistant at the AP’s global headquarters, then located at 50 Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan. Chris worked his way up to reporter, with a stint on AP’s national news desk along the way.
In the winter of 1985, he returned to upstate New York to become the sports editor for The Saratogian. His duties included assigning stories, editing and laying out the daily newspaper’s sports section, writing a column, and producing the Pink Sheet at the end of each racing day of the Saratoga season. The last year of his three years with the paper was spent writing features and serving as assistant features editor.
Chris rejoined the AP in April 1988 at its main upstate New York bureau, located in the Albany Times Union building. Over the next 31 years while working out of Albany he covered every aspect of New York news for the worldwide news cooperative’s print, broadcast and online clientele, writing and editing stories on sports, breaking news, investigative reporting, tourism, business, travel, government and politics.
An avid reader and history buff with a particular interest in World War II, Chris’ hundreds of history-related stories introduced New York state’s rich cultural and military heritage to a global audience and brought long-overdue recognition to scores of New York veterans.
Chris was born and raised in Mechanicville in Saratoga County, the second oldest of five children of Joan and Don Carola. He graduated in 1977 from Mechanicville High School, where he lettered in baseball and football. He went on to attend St. Bonaventure University in western New York, graduating in 1981 with a degree in journalism.
Chris is the father of Stacia Carola, a Saratoga Springs High School and Alfred University graduate. He lives in Saratoga Springs with his life partner, Kelley Lester, elementary school principal for the Cambridge Central School District.
Chris enjoys biking and playing beach volleyball and tennis. He’s a lifelong New York Yankees and Green Bay Packers fan, but also roots for the Buffalo Bills and attends a couple of their home games each season.
Saratoga Spa State Park, anywhere on Lake George, West Point, N.Y.; Horseneck Beach, Mass.; any Florida beach
Favorite sports moments (participating):
Winning the co-ed division (twice) at the annual 4-on-4 beach volleyball tournament on Million Dollar Beach in Lake George
Favorite sports moments (attending):
Sitting courtside at the Carrier Dome when St. Bonaventure beat Syracuse in OT in December 2017 for our first win over the Orange since my senior year
Favorite Saratoga giveaway and favorite AP story:
The 2004 khaki baseball hat, which led to a chance encounter on Horseneck Beach that led to an exclusive interview with a World War II veteran from Saratoga who helped capture former Japanese prime minister Hideki Tojo in September 1945