Carol Costello Presents: Blind Rage

The Phyllis Cottle Story

Veteran journalist Carol Costello revisits the first big assignment she covered as a rookie reporter. In March of 1984, Phyllis Cottle was kidnapped as she left work in downtown Akron, Ohio, brutally assaulted, and left to die. Except, against all odds, she survived.

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Bonus: Survivors and the Media

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Phyllis and her family felt ambushed by the media during what was an incredibly difficult and delicate time in her life. The relentless pursuit of her story interrupted her recovery at home.

In this bonus episode, Carol interviews her former colleague, producer Ronni Berke, about what it’s like to interview victims.

Ronni is an award-winning journalist and producer, who spent 17 years at CNN covering some of the biggest stories, including the September 11th terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.

She’s also the Director Of Development And Communications for the LAM Foundation, the leading nonprofit in the fight against lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) - a rare lung disease affecting primarily women.


Host - Carol Costello

Producer - Chris Aiola

Audio Engineer - Sean Rule-Hoffman

Contributor - Nijah Golliday

Production Director - Brigid Coyne

Executive Producer - Gerardo Orlando

Original Music - Timothy Law Snyder

Guest: Ronni Berke (

The LAM Foundation (

For additional information about Phyllis Cottle’s case, please visit our newly-launched website (, Carol’s Facebook page ( and Instagram page (

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Carol Costello

Carol Costello is an award-winning journalist and former anchor and correspondent at CNN and HLN. Her distinguished career as a local, regional, and national broadcaster spans three decades, covering a broad range of world leaders, events, crime, and politics.

Brigid Coyne

Executive Producer
With a production background stemming from her education in Literature and the Liberal Arts, Brigid loves reading books and creating podcasts.

Gerardo Orlando

Executive Producer
SVP - Content Development at Evergreen, Gerardo is a lawyer, web entrepreneur, and creative scout building a diverse omnichannel catalog for the network.

David Moss

Executive Producer
CCO of Evergreen, David is an award-winning creator, design entrepreneur, and musician passionately serving several non-profit arts and industry boards.

Chris Aiola

Chris is an Emmy-nominated producer with over 15 years of experience producing and editing documentary, non-scripted, and competition series.

Sean Rule Hoffman

Mix Engineer
Sean Rule Hoffman (mix engineer), hailing from Orange, Ohio, earned a degree in Music Technology with a minor in Electronic Media and Film from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

Nijah Golliday

Nijah is a podcast producer, fashion model and former radio host.