Carney first visited South Africa in October 2007. She spent a week exploring Cape Town’s history, museums and sites. Her most memorable experiences include climbing Lion’s Head, exploring Robben Island and visiting Khayelitsha Township . While visiting Khayelitsha, Carney spent time at the Kopanong Bed and Breakfast learning about how businesses operate inside the township.
Carney graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and Syracuse University with a master’s in broadcast journalism. She is currently pursuing her MBA at Quinnipiac.