Sunday Talk

Face the State WFSB 11 am






Host: Dennis House

Tom Dudchik – Former Chief of Staff to Governor Lowell Weicker on the politics of storms

John Gale(D) – Candidate for Hartford Mayor

Black History Month

Shawn Wooden, Janice Castle and A.J. Johnson

Flashback: Governor Ella Grasso and the Blizzard of 1978


The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:30am






Host: Jenn Bernstein and Al Terzi

Rep. Mary Mushinsky and Cromwell Police Anthony Salvatore on private drones

Jim Wadleigh, CEO of Access Health Connecticut on healthcare enrollment


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

Rep. Dan Carter(R)

Sen. Gayle Slossberg(D)

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)

Kountz to Lead Panel


Keith Kountz of News 8 will moderate a panel on racial profiling next week at Quinnipiac University.

The event is part of Black History Month at the school. “Liberty and Justice for All: Exploring Racial Profiling,” will be held at 7p.m., Wednesday, February 4 in the Mount Carmel Auditorium at the Mount Carmel Campus. There’s no cost to get in.

The panel will include the Rev. Kennedy Hampton of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church; Tanya Hughes, executive director of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities; Donald Sawyer, assistant professor of sociology at Quinnipiac; and Lt. J. Paul Vance, commanding officer of the Connecticut State Police Public Information Office.

Landing on Runway One


After transitioning out of the governor’s office as communications director, Andrew Doba has landed at the strategic communications firm of Stu Loeser and Company in New York.

Doba will be in the Stamford office as the firm expands into Connecticut to better serve its clients here.

From Loeser’s release:

New York, NY – Stu Loeser, founder of the New York City-based strategic communications firm Stu Loeser & Co., today announced that Andrew Doba, former Director of Communications and Senior Adviser to Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy, has joined his team as the firm expands to Connecticut to better serve clients there.

In addition to its headquarters overlooking Bryant Park in Manhattan, the firm has taken space at the Stamford Innovation Center.

Congratulations and good luck to “Doba” from the Laurel team.

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.


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