On Assignment


If you’re looking for Ebong Udoma of WSHU you won’t find him here for the next several months.

Ebong is on special assignment with Gotel Africa for the next six months. It’s a media project based in Nigeria with bureaus in Nairobi and Johannesburg. He’ll be back in Connecticut in the fall.

WFSB History In Screen Grabs



Once again, Dennis House turns in a great round up of WFSB/WTIC-TV history for his Hartfordite blog.

As Laurel readers know, WFSB is about to unveil a new set, giving Dennis a reason to rummage through the archives for video and screen shots of how the station’s look has evolved over the years.

My personal favorite didn’t make House’s excellent edit. Bruce Kern worked for WTIC radio and TV back in the ’60’s. Some years back Gerry Brooks seemed to channel Kern for a black and white news special he produced for an earlier WFSB anniversary. Back then, Brooks had the mustache for it!

Sorry, Day Off.



Two Connecticut TV reporters may have hit it lucky for this week’s snowstorm.

Kent Pierce of News 8 and Audrey Washington of NBC CT were both on vacation this week as their colleagues bundled up for snow covered, toe numbing, live shots.


Top Political Reporters



Chris Cillizza, who writes the Washington Post’s – The Fix – is out with his annual list of the top political reporters in the 50 states. Laurel readers will have no trouble agreeing with this year’s selections for Connecticut.

They are: Chris Keating, Daniela Altimari and Kevin Rennie(Daily Runctions) of the Hartford Courant and Christine Stuart of CT News Junkie.

Cillizza’s list was compiled with the help of his readers who have been submitting nominees for the past week or so. Cillizza, by the way, is originally from Marlborough, Connecticut and went to Loomis Chaffee. Solely based on these Connecticut connections, Cillizza has additional credibility with us.

Update: Late Wednesday, Cillizza expanded his list of top Connecticut political reporters to include: Ken Dixon and Neil Vigdor of Hearst Connecticut Media and Mark Pazniokas of the Connecticut Mirror.

There has been no change to the list of top Delaware reporters. Jonathan Starkey of the Wilmington News Journal stands alone in The First State. In case you wanted to know.


Weather Threat



There is no denying that a blizzard is news. But is the weather really news – on the same scale – if the storm is just a few inches of snow, or heavy rain, or higher than normal temperatures?

Chris Powell of the Journal Inquirer is concerned the obsession local television news has with coverage of the weather may be contributing to all sorts of social ills that begin with an uninformed electorate. He suggests that if you rely only on local television to get your news, you know a lot about the weather, but may not know much at all about what is really important in your community. If half of a half hour newscast is devoted to the weather, it’s hard to argue his point.

Blizzard of ’15?



Bernard Kavaler has put together an excellent historical wrap up of the Blizzard of ’78 on his site Connecticut by the Numbers.

It includes a link to a CPTV documentary and a report from NBC News. Were reports from the field back then notably more restrained, or is the difference simply the result of technology that didn’t allow for standing in the snow with a yard stick?

The storm is notable in Connecticut political history for having largely made the reputation of Governor Ella Grasso when she closed the state’s roads to hasten the clean up.

H/T Bernard.


Sunday Talk

Face the State WFSB 11 am






Host: Dennis House

Senator Bob Duff(D) – Senate Majority Leader

Senator Rob Kane(R) – Deputy Minority Leader

Luke Bronin(D) – Hartford Mayor’s Race

Flashback: Demolition of the YMCA building. Archive film from 1974.


The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:30am






Host: Jenn Bernstein and Al Terzi


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

Senator Carlo Leone(D) – Stamford, Darien

Rep. Gail Lavielle(R) – Norwalk, Westport, Wilton

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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