Chris Velardi Leaving

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News 8 morning anchor Chris Velardi is leaving WTNH for a job with Gaffney Bennett public relations in New Britain. He made the announcement on his blog.

His last day is Friday. He has been with the station since 2000. He is a native of Branford.

Leadership Change

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News 8 in New Haven has a new news director.

The station announced Friday that Keith Connors, most recently of WTHR in Indianopolis, Indiana, will begin work in New Haven February 16. Previously Connors served as news director at KHOU in Houston and WCNC in Charlotte. Both important stations in their respective markets.

Connors is replacing Al Carl who is leaving WTNH to take over as news director of KSNT in Topeka, Kansas. WTNH and KSNT are sister stations owned by the same company.

Kountz to Lead Panel

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Keith Kountz of News 8 will moderate a panel on racial profiling next week at Quinnipiac University.

The event is part of Black History Month at the school. “Liberty and Justice for All: Exploring Racial Profiling,” will be held at 7p.m., Wednesday, February 4 in the Mount Carmel Auditorium at the Mount Carmel Campus. There’s no cost to get in.

The panel will include the Rev. Kennedy Hampton of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church; Tanya Hughes, executive director of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities; Donald Sawyer, assistant professor of sociology at Quinnipiac; and Lt. J. Paul Vance, commanding officer of the Connecticut State Police Public Information Office.

Underwater

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Some Laurel readers may remember Harry Martin as a news anchor at News 8 from 1989 to 1993. He left Connecticut for New York, but at the same time developed a great talent as a still photographer.

He is the featured artist in a show at the Flywheel Gallery in Piermont, New York now through February 1.

His photographs are unique in that they are all taken underwater, in a collection titled “Harry Matin Underwater.”

News Hound

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Since morning news shows tend to be about creating a sense of family it seems only natural that News 8 will now having a morning news dog on set.

Anchor Ali Reed has announced, on the station’s website, that Nell, her nine year old Cuckapoo, will be on air from time to time. Reed says Nell has made the early morning trip in to the studio in the past, but getting a lead role is something new.

Do you see the start of a trend?

 

 

They’re Calling the Segment “Weatherman’s Real Life Hangover”

Wednesday, December 12 on “Dr Phil” (9 am on WTNH)

Dr. Phil goes behind the headlines of two popular weathermen who lost their jobs amid scandal. Former Philadelphia meteorologist John Bolaris says he’s become a laughingstock ever since he was drugged by two women and duped out of more than $43,000 while vacationing in Miami in 2010. He claims the media portrayed him as a womanizer instead of as the victim of an international crime ring. Find out what headline he says further humiliated him. Now unemployed, how can he regain his career and repair his reputation? Plus, hear from John’s fiancée, Erica, who recently created another scandal for John by posting racy Tweets on his Twitter account. How does she explain the posts? Then, Zoel says she made headlines when her online sex chat with a married Connecticut meteorologist went viral — and he was fired from his job. Zoel says the media has painted her as a “home wrecker” and a “slut” and that her relationship with her 21-year-old daughter, Kayla — whom she recently reunited with after 19 years — has been damaged as a result. Can Zoel repair her reputation and prove to Kayla that she can still be a trustworthy mom?

Wedding Bells

Congratulations and best wishes to WTNH’s traffic reporter and CT Style co-host Teresa LaBarbera who became engaged to Brandon Dufour over Thanksgiving.

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