Mickey Carroll, friend, raconteur, past president of the Inner Circle, voice of the Quinnipiac University Poll and one of the finest reporters of his era, died Dec. 6, 2017 in his family home in New Jersey after a short illness, according to his family. He was 86 years old.
Mickey joined the Inner Circle in 1965, hailing from the New York Herald Tribune. He served as president in 1974 during the administration of Mayor Abe Beame.
He covered politics for more than 40 years for the Trib, the New York Times, Newsday and the other newspapers. Since 1995, Mickey was the voice of the Quinnipiac Poll, providing analysis of results of national polls and surveys in New York, New Jersey and other states. He was the perfect sound bite: colorful, politically-insightful and delivered with a vintage New Yawk accent.
He also taught Journalism at Quinnipiac, Columbia University, New York University and Montclair State University.
“Mickey Carroll was a reporter in the finest tradition of American journalism, a dedicated educator and a knowledgeable commentator on the American political scene,” said Quinnipiac University President John L. Lahey. “He educated thousands in the classroom and millions through his reporting and his work with the poll.”
“Saddened by the passing of Mickey Carroll,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a tweet. “He was a gentlemen who cared deeply about the truth and about New York. He will be missed.”
“All of us in the Inner Circle will deeply miss Mickey,” said IC President Polly Kreisman. “He had some great roles in our shows, and he always approached his performances like his reporting – he was prepared, talented and creative.”
As a reporter at the Trib, Mickey was sent to Dallas the day after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He is seen in one of the historic photos of Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald. “I may have shouted the last words he was ever to hear,” he wrote in 2013. “How about it, Lee?”
His comprehensive reporting of the killings led him to be a firm believer in the Warren Commission Report. But always the demanding reporter, he complained the Warren report was so badly written that many people believed the conspiracy theorists instead.
Mickey wrote books about the Kennedy assassination, covered Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in Selma, Ala., and authored a book on the Iran hostage situation in 1979-80.
Maurice “Mickey” Carroll was raised in Rutherford, N.J. He attended Notre Dame University and served in the U.S. Army. He was married for 30 years to popular Daily News columnist Beth Fallon (IC president in 1988), who died in 2006. He is survived by his former wife, Peggy, with whom he remained very close; his son, New Jersey Assembly member Michael Carroll, daughters Eileen and Elizabeth, 10 grandchildren and a sister, Anne Shannon. Another son, Patrick, died in 2005.