Lidia Curanaj began her on-air news career as an elementary student in the Bronx where she anchored her school news program. She joined Fox 5 in 2011 and has covered major events such as Hurricane Sandy and was the first reporter on the scene of the 2013 train derailment in the Bronx.
Prior to Fox 5, Curanaj worked at News 12 Westchester as a reporter/anchor where she was nominated for seven Emmy awards, and won one. She is also the recipient of a first-place Associated Press award and two New York Press Club awards.
Curanaj won her first Emmy award while working at WHNS-TV in Greenville, South Carolina, as a reporter and fill-in anchor from 2004 to 2009 where she covered the Tiffany Souers killing and the 2007 cheerleading scandal that involved the South Carolina National Guard. There she went by the name Lidia St. Mark, a name she chose in honor of her late brother Mark who died at the age of 11 after a 10-year struggle with leukemia.
Previously, Curanaj served as a production assistant for the Early Show and a coordinating producer for the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. While at CBS, she worked on major breaking events such as September 11th and traveled the country with Dan Rather.
Curanaj was honored by the Albanian American Women's Organization for "elevating the image of Albanian women in the U.S." and is being featured in the documentary "Albanian American Success Stories."
A Bronx native and longtime Yankees fan, Curanaj currently resides with her husband, a die-hard Mets fan, in Hartsdale, New York.