Journalism in New York
Adele began her professional television news career at WWOR-TV/Channel 9 News after the Gulf War broke out in 1990, where she produced the trial of John Gotti Sr. and the Crown Heights Riots of 1991. A year later, Adele became an original NY1 News Reporter and went onto become NY1's first female Criminal Justice Reporter, reporting on police brutality, ethnic profiling, and the changing leadership within the New York Police Department. Adele filed thousands of stories for NY1 between 1992 and 2001, from breaking news to high-profile cases such as the Genovese Crime Boss Vincent "Chin" Gigante trial, the World Trade Center bombing trial, and the Osama Bin Laden in absentia trial six months prior to the second bombing of the WTC. Adele investigated the Fresh Kills Landfill, and reported on rare forms of cancers that developed in residents living within its vicinity and was first to report the landfill's official closure. Her reports earned Adele an award for outstanding coverage from the Natural Resources Defense Council, an organization dedicated to environmental protection, spearheaded by Robert Kennedy, Jr. In 1999, Adele covered the police shooting trial of the four police officers who shot an unarmed West African immigrant 41 times while he stood inside the vestibule of his Bronx apartment building. The Associated Press said Adele's report of a disabled Haitian man beaten by police had them 'riveted to TV'. Widely known as an indepth and empathetic reporter, Adele found a homeless man a job and helped free a woman imprisoned under the draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws. The William Moses Kunstler Fund for Racial Justice exemplified Adele's reports calling them "worthy of a dozen Emmys", and hailed her as one of New York's "most hardworking and fearless television reporters on the scene today." The National Italian-American scholarship organization known as Fieri, which in Italian means "to be proud", presented Adele with the Leadership in Education award. Her television news managers called Adele, their 'role model for borough beat reporters' and one of NY1's 'most recognizable faces', 'someone who gets material no one else gets'. Adele is a member of SAG-AFTRA and has appeared in several films and commercials.