2012 – Cara DiFalco
Reporter, News12 New Jersey
Cara DiFalco was born and raised in Kinnelon, New Jersey. She attended high school at Villa Walsh Academy in Morristown, taught by the Fillipini nuns. While attending school there, Cara was Captain of the cheerleading squad, a member of the student council and an officer in the Italian Club. Cara went on to Rutgers University where she majored in Broadcast Journalism and minored in Italian. She spent a summer semester studying in Italy at the University of Urbino, where she was able to spend time with family members there. Her mother’s family in the Piedmonte, and her father’s family in Abbruzzo. The DiFalcos also have a cousin who is a Catholic Bishop in Italy, who they visit frequently. While at Rutgers University, Cara interned for WNBC in New York. This experience allowed her to meet and interview celebrities such as Walter Cronkite and Sarah Jessica Parker. Cara graduated from Rutgers with honors in her program and received the Elliot Frankel Award for Broadcast Journalism. From there Cara went to work in local news broadcasting and has worked for several stations in the North East. Currently she is the Traffic Reporter for News 12 New Jersey. Cara grew up in a traditional Italian-American family and learned to cook from her mother, grandmothers and great grandmother. It’s her passion for food, especially Italian food, that drove her to create her own cooking segment for New 12 New Jersey. You can join her every week as she prepares traditional Italian dishes on New 12’s website. Cara says that making and sharing food with the people she loves is what gives her the most joy. The Italian-American Police Society of New Jersey is proud and honored to recognize Cara DiFalco as our Woman of the Year.