New Anchor


WFSB welcomed new 5:30p.m. anchor Mark Zinni to Connecticut last week and the station is getting praise from one on line news outlet for how it was done.

Here’s the story.

The WFSB video also reveals Zinni and his 5:30 co-anchor Denise D’Ascenzo both came to Hartford from the same station in Cleveland.

Kara Tells Her Story


As many Laurel readers know, WFSB’s Kara Sundlun has written a book about her very interesting life story and eventual connection with her biological father, Bruce Sundlun, the former governor of Rhode Island.

Kara has written an honest and fascinating account of the struggles she had in search of her true family identity. She explains how after a battle that included a lawsuit against her father, the two reconciled and developed a close relationship.

The book, “Finding Dad: From ‘Love Child’ to Daughter,” is scheduled for release on Veterans’ Day. Kara gave one of her first interviews to Mary Ellen Fillo of the Hartford Courant.

We’ve gotten a look and it is a great read.

Wright, Velardi, Lahmers







“They say” things come in threes and Connecticut radio veteran Floyd Wright, Chris Velardi and Jennifer Lahmers prove that’s the case this morning.

All three are making news with career moves and in Chris’ case, recovery from the surgery we told you about a few weeks ago.

…On The Way to the Forum

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Republican Tom Foley says his campaign was “simply unable to reach an agreement” with NBC CT about terms for a debate scheduled for this Thursday night at 7p.m.

The station is going ahead with its plans and for the second time this campaign season Governor Dan Malloy will be on the set alone with petitioning candidate Joe Visconti. NBC CT is now calling the event a “forum” to reflect that one of the major candidates is not participating.

Foley and Malloy will meet in a debate setting once more before Election Day.

Sunday Talk

Face the State WFSB 11 am






Host: Dennis House

Treasurer Denise Nappier(D)

The Ebola Threat

Dr. Ulysses Wu, St. Francis Hospital


Age as a campaign issue in the 1994 race for governor.

Reported by Duby McDowell


Decision 2014 NBC Connecticut 10:00 am

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CT Capitol Report FoxCT Sunday 10:30am







Host: Tom Dudchik


The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:30am







The Stan Simpson Show Fox CT Saturday, 6:30am, online at









Focus on Connecticut News 12 Saturday: 7:30am, 11am, 2:30pm, 7:30 pm Sunday: 2:30am, 7:30am, 11am, 1:30pm, 5:30pm

Host: Tom Appleby

Carol Way(R) – House District 133 candidate

Cristin McCarthy Vahey(D) – House District 133 candidate


CTN: Capitol Report: Week in Review Sunday at 8pm replays of: The Real Story (8:30pm), Face the State (9:00pm), The Stan Simpson Show (9:30 pm)

Pints & Politics

Head to the Wood-n-Tap in Hartford Tuesday night (10/14) for the inaugural “Pints & Politics”.  Tom Dudchik of CT Capitol Report dreamed up the event. It’s an opportunity to talk politics, have a few laughs and hoist a few pints. Members of the legislature’s General Law Committee will be in attendance along with a variety of politicos and political junkies. The event is 5- 7pm, free with a cash bar and sponsored by the Connecticut Restaurant Association and the CT Beer Wholesalers Association. See you there!

Cliff Teutsch, 64








Surprising and sad news came late Friday with the passing of former Hartford Courant reporter and editor Clifford Teutsch. He was 64. According to the Courant, the cause of death was not immediately known.

Former colleagues praised Teutsch as a man committed to “journalism and family.” Several described episodes during which Teutsch stood up for the craft of journalism during difficult times at the paper and during periods of cost cutting.

From the Courant’s report:

In 1984, a year after the collapse of the Mianus River Bridge, Teutsch was part of a team of reporters who staked out underwater bridge inspectors and meticulously showed how some had falsified their diving records.

Two years later, he became a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, returning to The Courant in 1987, when he was named politics editor. He was promoted to Assistant Managing Editor/Nights in 1991 and managing editor in 1994. In that role, he oversaw the paper’s aggressive coverage detailing corruption in the administration of Gov. John G. Rowland, who resigned and later went to prison.

In 2006, then-editor Brian Toolan announced he was taking a job with the Associated Press, which prompted 50 newsroom employees to sign a petition calling on then-President Stephen D. Carver to promote Teutsch. He did — but said he didn’t need the petitions to know that Teutsch was the right choice.


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