Leadership Change



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


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.




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.

Diane Steps Into the Silver Circle

Congratulations to Connecticut’s Diane Smith who was inducted into NATAS‘ “Silver Circle” this week in Boston.  Read all about the honor…and here’s what they had to say about Diane:

An Emmy award winning TV journalist, radio talk show host, author and speaker, Diane Smith has been on the air in Connecticut since 1982. Diane is the anchor and senior producer for program development at CT-N, the Connecticut version of C-SPAN. She works to promote transparency in government and to increase citizen engagement in their democracy. The Globe Pequot Press has published six books based on Diane’s “Positively Connecticut” TV series, the longest running local TV series in state history.  Diane’s next book Food Fight, written in collaboration with MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski is about solving the American obesity crisis.  Food Fight will be published in May 2013 by Weinstein Books. Diane was an Emmy winning reporter and anchor on WTNH-TV in New Haven, and co-hosted the Morning Show on WTIC-1080, a CBS owned 50,000 watt AM radio station.  She is a frequent on air contributor to the state PBS network, producing and hosting award winning documentaries and other programming.


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