Collibee to the Capitol







On this Sunday’s edition of “Face the State,” moderator Dennis House ended the program with some big news in the world of CT media: his show’s longtime producer, Chris Collibee, will become Governor Malloy’s press secretary.

Chris is replacing Devon Puglia who has been promoted to Communications Director.  Mark Bergman, who held that title, has moved up to Deputy Chief of Staff.

Chris has been at WFSB since 2003, working his way up to Assignment Desk Manager (in addition to his producing duties). He’s been the point-person on all the station’s recent political debates and is an all-around good guy. Congratulations to him on this next chapter.

Bogstie Leaving


We got word late Friday that Debra Bogstie is leaving NBC CT after eleven years as a general assignment reporter.

She’s beginning a new job at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford as a communications specialist.

New Morning at News 8


News 8 in New Haven has announced the hiring of Laura Hutchinson as the station’s new morning co-anchor.

Hutchinson is a native of Hamden. She comes to News 8 from WWLP in Springfield. She’ll be co-anchoring with News 8 ironman Keith Kountz.

From the station’s release:

“We are thrilled to welcome Laura Hutchinson to the Good Morning Connecticut team,” said Mark Higgins, General Manager and VP of WTNH News 8. “Her experience as a morning news anchor and her local Connecticut roots will bring a dynamic and valuable perspective.”
Originally from Hamden, Laura has spent the last 6 years at WWLP in Springfield, MA where she’s been anchoring the morning news and working on the 22News I-Team.  She has received a host of honors for her work including the Murrow and AP awards.

Sunday Talk






Face the State WFSB 11 am

Host: Dennis House



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The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:30am

Hosts: Jenn Bernstein and Al Terzi

Congressman John Larson – Terrorism

Scott Wilson, President of Connecticut Citizens Defense League on gun control

Kevin Scarpati – Meriden mayor-elect









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

Ben Barnes – Secretary of the state Office of Policy and Management


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)

Pardon My French

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So much for senatorial courtesy.

During a live interview on CNN this week, a French senator let Christiane Amanpour know how she feels about the man who planned last week’s terror attacks in Paris.

Warning: Frank Francophone.

The Long Good Bye


One by one, long time reporters and editors of the Hartford Courant are announcing their intention to leave the paper through their social media accounts.

The latest, Tom Condon and Maryellen Fillo, are among those who have elected to take advantage of the company’s latest buyout offer – aimed at lowering personnel costs.

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Good luck to all our friends. As writers, you now have the chance to quite literally write your next chapter.


More Names in the News…

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Eileen McNamara. The former managing editor of the Bristol Press has changed careers and is now the owner of The Shop at 70 Main in East Hampton, Connecticut. The store specializes in bespoke clothing and accessories made by….wait for it…Eileen McNamara. The store opened in October.

Jacob Wycoff. The former WTNH intern has just joined Western Mass News as evening meteorologist. Which would seem to make his job that much easier. To paraphrase the Hippie Dippie Weatherman: Tonight’s forecast; dark.

Linda Lowenthal. The former editor of the Wesleyan Argus(’85) wrote a letter to the editor this week defending her former paper against those willing to cut the budget over a freedom of speech issue. Not surprisingly, Lowenthal comes down in favor of free speech.

Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate now admits Katie Couric asked her a fair question when she inquired about Palin’s news reading habits back in 2008. Speaking in an interview this week, Palin said Couric’s question was fair, but her answer was “crappy.”


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