103040609 The 15 Most Scandalous Revelations in Jeff Himmelmans Betrayal of Ben Bradlee

There isn’t much that The Laurel can add to the body of tributes to Washington Post Executive Editor Ben Bradlee. But we do recall a vignette from the 1990s when Post/Newsweek still owned WFSB-TV.  A newly-appointed Assistant News Director had already proved to have little journalism cred. That deal was sealed when Ben Bradlee’s name was mentioned, and New Guy looks puzzled and says, “Who’s Ben Bradlee?” Jaws dropped. Then-reporter Diane Alverio, searching for some connection, said with exasperation, “Jason Robards played him in All the President’s Men??!”

New Guy didn’t last too long at Channel 3.

“Made in Connecticut”










Tonight on CPTV:  Made in CT – an original documentary that showcases Connecticut’s vibrant and expanding manufacturing industry. From Documentary Producer Christina DeFranco:

I tour Pratt and Whitney’s Middletown plant as the company prepares for production of its PurePower Engine, which will revolutionize air travel. I also take you to the largest producer of gourmet tortilla chips in the North East – Severance Foods – located in Hartford! But nearest and dearest to my heart, the story of Tucci Lumber, founded by a former professional baseball player who suffered a devastating injury that ended his career. Pete Tucci believes his bat caused him to break his hand and sever ligaments which weakened his performance at the plate. Determined that no other player should suffer the same fate, he now makes customized bats – used by 160 Major Leaguers. In fact, some of the players in the World Series are swinging Tucci Lumber!

I feature 14 different companies in this first installment of Made in CT – one company is making luxury packaging for the hot products of Hollywood A-listers while another builds cranial implants for people who’ve suffered traumatic brain injuries.

The show premieres tonight (Thursday October 23rd) at 8pm on CPTV. Don’t miss it! But if you can’t tune in, check out the website [] where we are posting links to the individual segments. Please email me if you have an interesting company that manufactures in the state or if you have feedback! I’d love to hear from you. And don’t forget to visit me on my website at

New Anchor


WFSB welcomed new 5:30p.m. anchor Mark Zinni to Connecticut last week and the station is getting praise from one on line news outlet for how it was done.

Here’s the story.

The WFSB video also reveals Zinni and his 5:30 co-anchor Denise D’Ascenzo both came to Hartford from the same station in Cleveland.

Kara Tells Her Story


As many Laurel readers know, WFSB’s Kara Sundlun has written a book about her very interesting life story and eventual connection with her biological father, Bruce Sundlun, the former governor of Rhode Island.

Kara has written an honest and fascinating account of the struggles she had in search of her true family identity. She explains how after a battle that included a lawsuit against her father, the two reconciled and developed a close relationship.

The book, “Finding Dad: From ‘Love Child’ to Daughter,” is scheduled for release on Veterans’ Day. Kara gave one of her first interviews to Mary Ellen Fillo of the Hartford Courant.

We’ve gotten a look and it is a great read.

Wright, Velardi, Lahmers







“They say” things come in threes and Connecticut radio veteran Floyd Wright, Chris Velardi and Jennifer Lahmers prove that’s the case this morning.

All three are making news with career moves and in Chris’ case, recovery from the surgery we told you about a few weeks ago.

…On The Way to the Forum

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Republican Tom Foley says his campaign was “simply unable to reach an agreement” with NBC CT about terms for a debate scheduled for this Thursday night at 7p.m.

The station is going ahead with its plans and for the second time this campaign season Governor Dan Malloy will be on the set alone with petitioning candidate Joe Visconti. NBC CT is now calling the event a “forum” to reflect that one of the major candidates is not participating.

Foley and Malloy will meet in a debate setting once more before Election Day.

Sunday Talk

Face the State WFSB 11 am






Host: Dennis House

Treasurer Denise Nappier(D)

The Ebola Threat

Dr. Ulysses Wu, St. Francis Hospital


Age as a campaign issue in the 1994 race for governor.

Reported by Duby McDowell


Decision 2014 NBC Connecticut 10:00 am

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CT Capitol Report FoxCT Sunday 10:30am







Host: Tom Dudchik


The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:30am







The Stan Simpson Show Fox CT Saturday, 6:30am, online at









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

Carol Way(R) – House District 133 candidate

Cristin McCarthy Vahey(D) – House District 133 candidate


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)


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