New Addition to the FOX CT Newsroom

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Today, FOX CT announced the addition of Lauren Victory as a General Assignment Reporter. Victory joins FOX CT from WPTZ in Burlington, VT where she worked as a video Journalist/Reporter for the past three years.

Courant Investigative Report Recieves National Honor

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The Hartford Courant’s investigation into the Doc Hurley Scholarship Foundation has won first place in the investigative category from the Education Writers Association’s national reporting contest. The Courant revealed that the foundation, set up to award college to scholarships to needy high school student,s had awarded few new scholarships since 2008. The investigation, prompted by the Courant, resulted in officials identifying more than $200,000 that they allege was misused.

The stories by Vanessa de la Torre and Matthew Kauffman were among 72 winning entries out of the 430 entries in 26 categories.

Assistant News Director at FOX off to NYC

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Chuck Carter is leaving Connecticut to  join WPIX, Tribune’s affiliate in New York City, as managing editor. Carter joins WPIX from WTIC FOX CT, Tribune’s affiliate in Hartford. As Managing Editor, Carter will be responsible for overseeing the station’s news coverage, Assignment Desk and all specialty units.

Katie Couric to Speak at Trinity Commencement

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Katie Couric, award-winning journalist and TV personality will be the featured speaker at Trinity College’s 188th Commencement on Sunday, May 18. Couric is also a devoted cancer research advocate, documentary film producer and author of The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives.

Samaia Hernandez to be honored with Victoria L. Soto Memorial Award

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Governor Malloy’s press secretary, Samaia Hernandez, will be the recipient of the Victoria L. Soto Memorial Award presented by Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, Connecticut’s premier youth mentoring organization.

Named in honor of Victoria Soto, a teacher at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown who died heroically on December 14, 2012 in an attempt to save the lives of students in her care, the award honors those making a significant contribution to advancing the mentoring concept and for changing the lives of children in need for the better. Victoria was a “Big Sister” in Nutmeg’s Windham School District site-based mentoring program for each of her four years as an undergraduate at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Samaia lives in Hartford and has been a Big Sister since 2008, mentoring a 16-year-old named Veronica from Meriden. Prior to holding her current position, Samaia has been a producer/reporter at Connecticut Public Radio, a reporter at the Hartford Courant, and a reporter at the Meriden Record-Journal. She was also one of Connecticut Magazine’s “40-Under-40” award winners for 2014.

Congratulations on this honorable accomplishment Samaia!

Two Very Different Things…

Fox News host Heather Childers was very excited to announce on Tuesday that the UConn men were the new “NAACP National Champs.” The problem is the Huskies are the new NCAA basketball champions, not the NAACP champions.

Let’s hope she gets it right today when announcing our UConn women’s new title.

The Local Media Association Names Mark Brackenbury Editor of the Year

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Mark Brackenbury, Managing Editor of the New Haven Register, has been named Editor of the Year by the Local Media Association. He was recognized for his distinguished career in Connecticut journalism, guiding the Register’s newsroom over the course of 27 years.

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