Noelle Gardner is an investigative reporter and general assignment reporter for News 8.
She has covered major local events ranging from the Metro North train crash in the Bronx to post Super Storm Sandy rebuilding efforts.
Before joining News 8 Noelle was a crime investigative reporter and anchor for KENS5, the CBS affiliate in San Antonio, Texas.
Prior to working in the Alamo city she was a weekday anchor at KLFY in Louisiana, at KDFA in Amarillo and KIEM in northern California. Before that she worked as a producer in Miami at WTVJ and WFOR. Prior to Miami she worked in West Palm Beach at WPBF.
A Boca Raton native and a graduate of Florida International and Florida Atlantic University, Noelle has a B.A degree in broadcast journalism.
8 Things You Didn’t Know About Noelle Gardner
What inspired you to work in news/weather?
My first words were, “what’s that?” I was always curious and asked a lot of questions. In college I interned for NBC and eventually got a full time job in the news business as a producer in West Palm and Miami.
What is your favorite restaurant in New Haven?
There are so many to choose from….I really enjoy Basta. The food is superb and it’s quaint. Tre Scalini and Consiglio’s are my other favorites. Clarie’s vegetarian restaurant is one of my favorite lunch spots.
What’s the best dish you can make?
I’m vegan… so I am pretty creative when it comes to my recipes. I like anything with a Spanish flair. I love using spices in my dishes. I also make raw desserts from cookies and brownies.
Who is your favorite musician/ band and/or best concert you ever been to?
That’s a tough one. I love concerts and I love all music from the 80’s to country to rock and roll. I saw Motley Crue’s last tour concert in Jersey, it rocked! Andrea Bocelli gave an excellent concert for Valentine’s Day. Lionel Richie at Mohegan Sun… he still has it!
When my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer I wanted to make something that would give her energy and nutrients when she was going through chemotherapy and radiation. I’ve been juicing ever since. At my house you’ll find fresh pressed juices, sprouts sprouting and grapefruits rolling all over the tabletops. Check out the www.therawreporter.com, I blog about living a healthy lifestyle. I’m serious about health!
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Anywhere tropical! I’m currently checking off my bucket list. Capri, Italy is one of my favorite spots. Italy is such a romantic place and the food is out of this world! I also like Santorini Greece, Bali and anywhere in Thailand. I love to travel to places off the beaten path and where I can get to know the locals. I enjoy spending summers exploring the north east and soaking up the sun down south in the keys.
I’ve fostered and rescued dozens of dogs. Right now I have two rescues. Archie, a Westie and Tuna, a Chichuaha I rescued in San Antonio. I saw her little nose pushing through a cage and she was looking up at me with big sad eyes. The rest is history! Now she’s a spoiled SASM, San Antonio Special Mix!
I’m a great tour guide. In school I took several languages. It’s a secret weapon when traveling. When it’s warm out you can find me cycling! I cycled 100 miles in the 4th annual Closer to Free Bike Ride in 2014. The ride supports patient care and research at Smilow Cancer hospital and Yale Cancer Center. I hope to see you out there in September to support a great cause!