February 27th Town Hall Meeting

CTN’s Diane Smith will host a live, televised town hall meeting at Connecticut’s Old State House titled “Moving From Tragedy to Action: The Power of Community”. Following the Sandy Hook Tragedy, the event will bring together experts from the fields of mental health, law enforcement, elected officials and school safety.

Date: Wednesday. February 27th
Time: Reception 6-7 pm, Program 7-8 pm
Location: Connecticut’s Old State House
Admission: Free

To register, click here.

The Washington Post’s Lie Detector App

The “Truth Teller” app launched by the Washington Post on Tuesday combines several technologies that together have the ability to fact check speeches in near real-time. The James L. Knight Foundation awarded The Post with a $50,000 grant for the app. From The Post’s Executive Editor for Digital News:

“When our politics editor Steven Ginsberg heard a politician give a stump speech filled with inaccurate statements, he wondered if there could ever be a way to instantly verify what a politician says. Live fact-checking can provide incredible insight to journalists and audiences alike, and we are excited to start the process of creating something as unique and valuable as Truth Teller.”

WTNH To Host Sandy Hook Town Meeting

WTNH is holding a town meeting in conjunction with the New Haven Independent to discuss the issues raised by the Sandy Hook tragedy. After Sandy Hook: In Search of Answers will be broadcast live from the New Haven Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School on January 30th at 4pm.

A wide range of people touched by the mass violence will participate, including the mother of a child lost to gun violence, the man responsible for responding to the 1998 Newington lottery massacre and a Yale child mental health expert.

The town meeting will be televised live by WTNH News 8 without commercial interruption and streamed live on http://www.WTNH.com. News 8 anchor Keith Kountz will moderate. A panel of statewide journalists and New Haven’s mayor will lead an online live discussion of the event as it unfolds.

Fox CT Round Up

Some news from Fox 61…

  • Angelica Spanos joins WTIC-TV in Hartford as a reporter for the morning newscast. Spanos comes from Salisbury, Md., where she was a reporter at WBOC.
  • Another Terzi has joined the Fox family. Tony Terzi will join his dad Al (Anchor and “The Real Story” co-host) reporting for the morning and 4 pm news.
  • We reported last week that Fox CT was kicking off a 5 pm newscast today, but didn’t know that this meant a move to the anchor desk for political reporter Laurie Perez (4 pm news with Brent Hardin).  Our immediate question was whether she was leaving the state capitol beat but we’re told she will continue to report.
  • Meteorologist Rachel Frank is engaged. While visiting her grandparents in Las Vegas, she said “yes” to Aram Bolduc, an East Coast sales manager for a tech company. (They met at CrossFit – we wish them many years of wedded bliss, burpees and thrusters).


Former WFSB-TV Anchor Returning to the Weekday Morning Anchor Grind

New Canaan native Kerry Connolly is returning to weekday mornings at WBZ Boston. She will anchor the morning show from 4:30-7:00 with David Wade. Prior to joining WBZ in 2001, Connolly worked at WFSB-TV, first as a reporter and anchor for the weekend morning news before taking the co-anchor position for the station’s weekday morning news in 1998. In addition to her anchor role, Connolly was the station’s health/medical reporter.

Sunday Talk

Face the State WFSB   11 a.m

Host: Dennis House

Segment 1: Mental health in the wake of Newtown

Guest: Cmsr. Pat Rehmer, Dept. of Mental Health

Newtown Hoax Video Controversy

Guest: Martha Dean, former GOP Attorney General candidate

Flashback: 1979 WFSB interview with Walter Cronkite, conducted by David Ushery

Ct Capitol Report  FoxCT Saturday 9:00 am, Sunday 10:30 am

Host: Tom Dudchik
Democratic consultant Jim Sullivan joins the discussion. Congressional spouses, Obama’s second term, Michelle’s eye roll, gun control, the NRA, Beyonce, Al Roker and Canadian-American day.

The Real Story FoxCT  Saturday 9:30 am, Sunday 10 am

Hosts: Laurie Perez and Al Terzi

School Safety: Dr. Joe Cirasuolo, Exec. Director, CT Association of Public School Superintendents

Fixing the GOP’s Image Problem

Rep. Themis Klarides (R-Woodbridge, Orange , Derby), Rep. Gail LaVielle (R-Wilton, Norwalk, Westport)

Critique of The Governor’s Energy Plan

Gene Guilford, Pres. CT Energy Marketers Association

The Stan Simpson Show Fox CT Saturday, 6:30 amonline at http://www.ctnow.com/stan

Host: Stan Simpson

What to expect in Obama’s Second Term

Guest: University of Hartford Assoc. Professor Bilal Sekou talks about expectations for President Obama in his second term

Real Estate Forecast for CT

Guest: Real Estate Expert Vincent Diana assesses the CT real estate market and says first-time home buyers should be excited

 Sexless Marriages

Guest: Relationship Guru Pastor T.C. Brantley provides advice on how to spark up “sexless” marriages.

Focus on Connecticut News12 Saturday: 7:30 am, 11 am, 2:30 pm, 7:30 pm.Sunday: 2:30 am, 7:30 am, 11 am, 1:30 pm, 5:30 pm

Host: Tom Appleby

Guest: U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D)

CTN: Capitol Report: Week in Review Sunday at 8 pm      Replays of: The Real Story (8:30 PM), Face the State (9:00 pm),The Stan Simpson Show (9:30 pm)

That Was Fast

Bob Fredericks

Bridgeport native and New York Post writer Bob Fredericks returned to his hometown newspaper in October as Managing Editor but three months later says the managerial role is not for him. So it’s back to that other Post, explains Only in Bridgeport.

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