WFSB Hires 5:30 pm Anchor from Cleveland

This morning the WFSB Newsroom was notified of the hiring of a new anchor for the station, Mark Zinni. Dennis House has been the only male weekday evening anchor since Al Terzi left.

Mark will co-anchor the 530pm news with Denise D’Ascenzo.  In addition, Mark will report during the day, and introduce folks to some different and interesting topics around Connecticut.

 Mark is an Ohio native, but no stranger to New England.   He’s worked in nearby Providence, Salt Lake City and is leaving an anchor position in Cleveland to come here to join our team.   Mark is an Emmy award winner, for coverage of the Station Nightclub fire.  He has won several AP Awards for reporting in both Ohio and New England.  He is very involved in the community with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Care Alliance Health Center, AIDS Care Ocean State, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the Animal Protective League of Cleveland, the East Bay Coalition for the Homeless in Rhode Island. 

 Mark’s first day at WFSB is October 1, 2015.


CTN Broadcasting Gov Debate #1 Live

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Until this afternoon it appeared there was no way to watch the first gubernatorial debate “live” unless you were attending in Norwich. But CTN tells us they have made arrangements to carry the debate, being hosted  by the Norwich Bulletin. Tune in to CTN tonight at 7 pm.



First Debate, No TV




The first debate of the 2014 gubernatorial campaign takes place tonight in Norwich, but there will be no live television coverage.

The room at Norwich Free Academy has been sold out, according to reports. The debate is being hosted by the Norwich Bulletin and the paper plans to post video of the event on its website Thursday. According to the Bulletin, the economy may be the main focus of this evening’s contest.

Candidates Dannel Malloy and Tom Foley are familiar with each others’ debate styles and tactics having faced off at least three times during the 2010 campaign which Malloy won by about 6,000 votes.

Rayner Leaving










More personnel changes in Connecticut TV news land.

The latest at channel 3, where the station has announced Kate Rayner is moving on.

Civil Rights






The University of Hartford will host a week long series of events next month to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act.

The conference will conclude with a panel moderated by PBS journalist Bill Moyers who served as press secretary to President Lyndon Johnson. The events are free and have been organized in collaboration with the Library of Congress and the Newman’s Own Foundation.

Valin in Ohio








Jeff Valin, who has anchored at Fox CT, News 8 and NBC Connecticut has landed in Ohio.

He’s the weekend anchor at WBNS-10 in Columbus.

Hauser to WBZ





Congratulations to former News 12 Connecticut reporter Kathryn Hauser who has landed a position at WBZ in Boston.  Hauser had been with News 12 since 2009. She’s also worked at stations on Long Island and in Albany.

The news director at WBZ said her addition to the reporting team signals some anchor changes to come.


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