The attack, reports say, took place Monday night in his East 61st Street building. Police also say Carey suffered a deep cut on his head and facial fractures.
Reportedly, Carey was rushed to the hospital in serious condition. He was unable to speak. Carey remains in the intensive care unit.
“Brian has a long way to go but he is making remarkable progress and we expect that he will make a full recovery,” News director Ben Mevorach says. “He is aware of all of the love and support that has been pouring in from around the country. He was deeply moved and deeply grateful. It has lifted his spirits immeasurably.”
The New York Post reports that investigators believe the beating was done by an acquaintance of his. Carey, a fixture at WINS for more than a decade, reportedly struggled to reach the lobby before he collapsed.
Police say Carey alerted them that his cell phone and wallet were missing.
In November 2010, Carey was named the top-of-the-hour afternoon anchor from 3 to 6:30 p.m. when the station revamped its lineup. He has been honored for his on-air work. He won the A.I.R. (Achievement in Radio) as Best New York City News Anchor in 2005. A year later, the Associated Press recognized him for the Best Regularly Scheduled Newscast.