The Gentlelady from Danbury

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It has been said that Washington, D.C. is Hollywood for ugly people, but once a year The Hill newspaper proves that saying to be wrong when it publishes its 50 Most Beautiful People on Capitol Hill list.

Only one person “self identifying” as being from Connecticut made the list this year: Margaret Brennan, the CBS News State Department correspondent. And there’s an interesting back to story to her selection. When she first began dating her future husband, he made the same list, leading to an “awkward conversation.”

Brennan is from Danbury, Connecticut and we’ve been impressed with her work and her career, because she spent several years covering business at CNBC when her resume clearly indicated she belonged on a diplomatic news mission.

By the way – most people on Capitol Hill don’t dress in the fashion forward outfits seen on the 50 Most list, but many do, because almost everyone on the Hill is auditioning for something else. This may also be the first year that both the President and the First Lady made the list.

The Keefe File

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Former WFSB anchor and reporter Brendan Keefe is firing back at his critics who have accused him of “hoarding” local Emmy awards. He has a total of 55 and apparently once a year he poses with his latest batch as part of his heavy and very effective self promotion efforts. Keefe has plenty to brag about. His reel shows a career filled with hard news and investigative coverage, plus a side career as a journalist who trains others in multi-media story-telling.

Keefe says, Emmys are “a tangible acknowledgement” of the personal sacrifices made to cover the news.

We see both sides of the issue. Remember; it is possible for two seemingly conflicting ideas to be true at the same time.

Keefe is originally from North Haven and his older sister is making news too.

Kathleen Keefe, once a general manager at WFSB, is retiring from her position as vice president of sales for Hearst Television. She’s been with the company for 13 years. Before Hearst, she was with Post-Newsweek for 14 years.

 

Fair Winds

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NBC CT meteorologist Monica Cryan is leaving.

Her last day is this Sunday. The station issued a news release saying she and her husband are relocating to Colorado.

We wish them the best of luck. And since Monica is a weather forecaster:

May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and [the] rains fall soft upon your fields.
…until we meet again…

ICYMI

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Former Today Show co-host Jane Pauley(a sometimes Connecticut resident) filled in Wednesday night for Scott Pelley on the CBS Evening News.

Pauley is a CBS contributor and has filled in as anchor of Sunday Morning.

She is the second former Today Show co-host to sit in the CBS anchor chair. The first was there a while longer.

Ten Year Habit

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Congratulations to our friends at CT News Junkie on the site’s 10 year anniversary.

You are making it work and keeping us informed.

Best of luck for another ten years(at least) to Christine, Doug and everyone else in the Junkie clan.

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Keep pedaling Christine the Courant is right behind you!

Field Day

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Night Baseball by Majorie Phillips

TV reporters from stations across Connecticut “laced up their sneakers for a good cause” this weekend.

Fox CT, NBC CT, WFSB and WTNH(News 8) all took part in a softball tournament to raise money for Camp Courant.

In the end, Fox CT won the tourney by beating the News 8 team 16-12 in the final game.

….but remember folks….as always – charity was the real winner here!

Investment in News

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Tyler Sizemore and Mackenzie Rigg arrive for a two week reporting trip in Uganda.

Once again Hearst Connecticut is making an unusual investment in news gathering considering the state of the industry.

The papers have sent a reporter and photographer to Uganda for two weeks to observe doctors and other medical staff from the Western Connecticut Health Network who are treating patients there.

Reporter Mackenzie Rigg of the Danbury News Times and photographer Tyler Sizemore of the Greenwich Time landed in Uganda last week after 24 straight hours of travel. As they gather information for their eventual long form report you can follow their story on Instagram @mackhearst and on Twitter @mackrigg. Their full report will be published in Hearst papers in September.

Many of you will remember Hearst’s decision to assign Ted Mann(now of the Wall Street Journal) to follow the inner workings of the Malloy administration for a full year. Mann’s work was eventually turned into a 20 part series.

H/T – Tom Dudchik

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