Wragge Named CBS ‘Early Show’ Co-Anchor

Former NBC 30 sportscaster Chris Wragge has been named co-anchor of the CBS ‘Early Show’. Wragge will anchor alongside Erica Hill (a Clinton, CT native) and Jeff Giro will serve as the broadcast’s news anchor.

Wragge, Hill and Gior are replacing Harry Smith, Maggie Rodriguez and Dave Price who will stay at the network in new roles.

The new ‘Early Show’ lineup begins January 3, 2011.

Rating the Connecticut Political Press

The Connecticut Mirror - Politics and news from around Connecticut

Staff members at the Washington publication Hotline, who frequently rely on local political reporting, came out with a state-by-state assessment of coverage and the barely-one-year-old CT Mirror should feel pretty good.

Connecticut- For a small state, Connecticut has extremely good in-depth political coverage, spearheaded by the Connecticut Hearst papers, Hartford Courant, New London Day and the New Haven Register. New York City papers like the New York Times also cover the state, usually belatedly, but occasionally broke scoops like the Dick Blumenthal (D)-Vietnam story this year. But the best coverage of this cycle goes to newcomer CT Mirror, a non-profit operation of talented policy and political reporters who covered this year’s Senate and gubernatorial races with unusual sophistication.

Ross’ Sharon Home Saved

We’ve learned from the Register-Citizen that ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross is just one of the many network news types who weekends in Connecticut. Unfortunately this comes to light because of a fire at his home in Sharon (Litchfield County).

Ross thanked local fire departments “for saving the house” on his Twitter account last night, Twitter.Com/BrianRoss. “Thankfully no one was hurt,” he wrote. “The fire completely destroyed my office where I often appear during wknd breaking news and where I wrote a good portion of my book on Madoff.”

Ross bought the house in 1986 after NBC’s Tom Brokaw, who had a home in West Cornwall,  suggested he check out Litchfield Coutny.

The Important Stuff

We at The Laurel may try to advance the debate over journalistic standards, but there’s no doubt that we can be superficial too. It’s in that spirit that we note the new hair color of WTNH traffic reporter Teresa Labarbara, formerly of  WFSB, who started today at her new station. It’s kind of “Katy Perry black”.

Okay, back to reading WiKiLeak stories…

Guaranteed Weather

Extreme New England Weather
How often do we hear, “THEY said it was going to rain today….” or “THEY said today is the hottest day on record” ? Well, here’s a book written by “they” – the meteorologists. And it’s the perfect gift for that family member who is obsessed with the weather. NBC Connecticut meteorologists Bob Maxon and Darren Sweeney are both contributors:
This upcoming book chronicles the events surrounding the greatest storms to hit New England during the last one hundred years. The stories and pictures cover such historic events as the hurricane of 1938, the blizzard of 1978, 1991’s “Perfect Storm,” the Great Ice Storm of 2008 and lots more. Extreme New England Weather contains 212 pages (24 in stunning full-color!) and over 350 images from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
More information here.

Covering Dodd’s Final Senate Days

Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd delivers his final speech from the floor of the U.S. Senate at 4 pm on Tuesday. Among the Connecticut reporters who will be covering his last days as Connecticut’s senior senator is Fox CT’s Laurie Perez sending tweets from the road and reporting live on the 10 pm newscast.

Laurie Perez


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