PITTSTON -- A well-known radio newsman in New York City, who got his start in our area, was found brutally attacked in his apartment in New York. Many of us remember Brian Carey when he worked in local radio in the Wilkes-Barre area.
You might not recognize his face, but you've probably heard his voice.
"Brian Carey here with Danny Glover."
Brian Carey can be heard across the country, anchoring for ABC Radio Network. He also anchors the weekday afternoon newscasts on WINS in New York City. But he got his start here in Luzerne County at WILK and Magic 93.
News that he was severely beaten earlier this week at his apartment in Manhattan has friends including WILK radio host Sue Henry concerned.
"Brian works in a big city, but he makes it sound like it's not a big city, so I didn't normally worry about his safety until I saw the article, and then of course, I thought 'Wow, it's just a terrible thing to happen," said WILK radio host Sue Henry.
According to an article in the New York Post, Carey was attacked Monday night in his Upper East Side apartment. He suffered a broken jaw and facial fractures. He was found in the lobby of his building, his wallet and cell phone stolen.
Sue Henry worked with Carey in the 1980s, when Carey was the news director at WILK in the Pittston area.
They spoke as recently as this past weekend.
"Although he is on this major news station in New York City, he still loves our area. He still comes home," said Henry.
Henry says Carey also meets with students from King's College, his alma mater.
According to the New York Post article, the attacker was Carey's close acquaintance. Police are still investigating.
Friends like Henry just want to see him get better.
"It's going to be a long road for him to recover, but again we hope the best for him because we want to see him back on the air as soon as possible," said Henry.
According to the article, Carey's injuries were so bad that initially he wasn't able to speak. But now, he's reportedly been working with investigators to track down the suspect.