Wragge Named CBS ‘Early Show’ Co-Anchor

Former NBC 30 sportscaster Chris Wragge has been named co-anchor of the CBS ‘Early Show’. Wragge will anchor alongside Erica Hill (a Clinton, CT native) and Jeff Giro will serve as the broadcast’s news anchor.

Wragge, Hill and Gior are replacing Harry Smith, Maggie Rodriguez and Dave Price who will stay at the network in new roles.

The new ‘Early Show’ lineup begins January 3, 2011.

Rating the Connecticut Political Press

The Connecticut Mirror - Politics and news from around Connecticut

Staff members at the Washington publication Hotline, who frequently rely on local political reporting, came out with a state-by-state assessment of coverage and the barely-one-year-old CT Mirror should feel pretty good.

Connecticut– For a small state, Connecticut has extremely good in-depth political coverage, spearheaded by the Connecticut Hearst papers, Hartford Courant, New London Day and the New Haven Register. New York City papers like the New York Times also cover the state, usually belatedly, but occasionally broke scoops like the Dick Blumenthal (D)-Vietnam story this year. But the best coverage of this cycle goes to newcomer CT Mirror, a non-profit operation of talented policy and political reporters who covered this year’s Senate and gubernatorial races with unusual sophistication.

Ross’ Sharon Home Saved

We’ve learned from the Register-Citizen that ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross is just one of the many network news types who weekends in Connecticut. Unfortunately this comes to light because of a fire at his home in Sharon (Litchfield County).

Ross thanked local fire departments “for saving the house” on his Twitter account last night, Twitter.Com/BrianRoss. “Thankfully no one was hurt,” he wrote. “The fire completely destroyed my office where I often appear during wknd breaking news and where I wrote a good portion of my book on Madoff.”

Ross bought the house in 1986 after NBC’s Tom Brokaw, who had a home in West Cornwall,  suggested he check out Litchfield Coutny.

The Important Stuff

We at The Laurel may try to advance the debate over journalistic standards, but there’s no doubt that we can be superficial too. It’s in that spirit that we note the new hair color of WTNH traffic reporter Teresa Labarbara, formerly of  WFSB, who started today at her new station. It’s kind of “Katy Perry black”.

Okay, back to reading WiKiLeak stories…

Guaranteed Weather

Extreme New England Weather
How often do we hear, “THEY said it was going to rain today….” or “THEY said today is the hottest day on record” ? Well, here’s a book written by “they” – the meteorologists. And it’s the perfect gift for that family member who is obsessed with the weather. NBC Connecticut meteorologists Bob Maxon and Darren Sweeney are both contributors:
This upcoming book chronicles the events surrounding the greatest storms to hit New England during the last one hundred years. The stories and pictures cover such historic events as the hurricane of 1938, the blizzard of 1978, 1991’s “Perfect Storm,” the Great Ice Storm of 2008 and lots more. Extreme New England Weather contains 212 pages (24 in stunning full-color!) and over 350 images from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
More information here.

Covering Dodd’s Final Senate Days

Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd delivers his final speech from the floor of the U.S. Senate at 4 pm on Tuesday. Among the Connecticut reporters who will be covering his last days as Connecticut’s senior senator is Fox CT’s Laurie Perez sending tweets from the road and reporting live on the 10 pm newscast.

Laurie Perez

“Time Out of Mind…”

For some of us Laurelites the reading of Governor Wilbur Cross’ 1936  Thanksgiving Proclamation before the extended family digs in is a beloved tradition. Typically a younger member of the family is called upon, carefully sounding out  “under the heel of Orion” and “praising the Creator and Preserver” as she reads.

On today’s New York Times editorial page Lincoln Caplan offers a beautfiul tribute to Cross and his writing:

The 1936 offering stands apart. Its lightness came partly from what it left out. There is no mention of the state’s disastrous floods that year, its labor strife or its citizens’ struggles to make ends meet. Everyone knew how bad things were. Lifting his gaze to the stars, the governor helped others rediscover their hopes and dreams.


We at The Laurel wish a Happy Thanksgiving to our readers.



Time out of mind at this turn of the seasons when the hardy oak leaves rustle in the wind and the frost gives a tang to the air and the dusk falls early and the friendly evenings lengthen under the heel of Orion, it has seemed good to our people to join together in praising the Creator and Preserver, who has brought us by a way that we did not know to the end of another year. In observance of this custom, I appoint Thursday, the twenty-sixth of November, as a day of Public Thanksgiving for the blessings that have been our common lot and have placed our beloved State with the favored regions of earth — for all the creature comforts: the yield of the soil that has fed us and the richer yield from labor of every kind that has sustained our lives — and for all those things, as dear as breath to the body, that quicken man’s faith in his manhood, that nourish and strengthen his spirit to do the great work still before him: for the brotherly word and act; for honor held above price; for steadfast courage and zeal in the long, long search after truth; for liberty and for justice freely granted by each to his fellow and so as freely enjoyed; and for the crowning glory and mercy of peace upon our land; — that we may humbly take heart of these blessings as we gather once again with solemn and festive rites to keep our Harvest Home.

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