Carole grew up in Steubenville, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. She had planned to perform on Broadway, however, a friend from a local radio station introduced her to the world of broadcast journalism so she took classes in writing and reporting. She later landed had a job in the news department of a station in her home town and developed a love of telling other people’s stories. She got a job as a nighttime anchor in a small news department in Pittsburgh, which soon afforded her opportunities to work in bigger markets. After her brother, Steve, moved to Utah to attend law school, she followed him there and began working at KSL-TV in Salt Lake City, in 1979.
Mikita has won a regional Emmy Award for “Gideon’s Story” and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Emmy’s Silver Circle Society. She has also received awards from the Society for Professional Journalists and the Utah Broadcasters Association for both news stories and documentaries. She was honored in 1994 by the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, in 1996 by the Assistance League of Utah as a “Woman of Distinction,” and in 2000 by the Utah-California Women’s Association, with its Legacy Award. Carole has hosted the Primary Children’s Medical Center Telethon for more than 20 years. Carole also speaks to and participates in a number of community and church organizations.
She is married to Neil York, an American history professor at Brigham Young University. They have two daughters, Jennifer and Caitlin, and grandchildren.