CCMC Hires Videographer

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After almost 17 years Daryl Vallez, one of the best known news videographers in Connecticut, is leaving NBC CT to join the communications department at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Vallez has been NBC CT’s chief photographer and has covered some of the biggest stories in Connecticut over the last two decades. He has also worked with the station’s Troubleshooters Team.

Despite all the talk of the decline of journalism, and jobs associated with news gathering, the idea that a hospital would find it necessary to hire its own videographer shows journalism skills are transferable to other industries and that the need for Internet content is creating new opportunities.

Audrey Washington

ICYMI – Audrey Washington is leaving NBC CT.

Her final newscast was Friday. She doesn’t say where she’s going but in her most recent Facebook post hinted at “exciting” things to come.

We’ll keep an eye out.

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Stoecker Leaving

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After more than five years, Jeff Stoecker, a news anchor and member of NBC CT’s Troubleshooters team, is leaving the station. His last day is Wednesday.

The word went out to staff Sunday afternoon. No word on where he’s headed next, but management gave him a warm send off, thanked him for his work and wished him “nothing but the best” as he “pursues new opportunities.” We’ll keep you posted.

Before coming to Hartford, Jeff worked in Albany where his work included covering the prostitution scandal that forced the resignation of former Governor Eliot Spitzer.

Lemon Leaves

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NBC CT has confirmed reporter Seth Lemon has left the station. The word was sent in an email to staff without explanation.

Lemon’s previous experience includes reporting for News 4 in Washington, D.C. where he worked as a reporter trainee. He attended Howard University and interned at NBC News and CNN where he worked in “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer (italics added for urgency).

We’ll keep an eye out for where Seth lands next.

Chapin to Houston

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As we reported at the beginning of the year, Josh Chapin is longer with NBC CT. He has relocated to Texas and we now know he’s working at KHOU in Houston, one of the Lone Star state’s legacy stations.

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KHOU also served as the launch pad for one of the great careers in broadcast journalism. Check out the low tech weather map used in this special report by Dan Rather.

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Chapin will not be alone as a former Connecticut TV personality now making a living in Houston. Former WFSB sports anchor Khambrel Marshall works for cross town rival WPRC as part of the Local 2 Severe Weather Team. Marshall also hosts PRC’s version of Face the State.

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Domestic Dispute Involving Married News Anchors

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Former NBC 30 anchor Rob Morrison had a serious brush with the law this weekend. Morrison was arrested on Sunday, Feb. 17, on charges of second-degree strangulation, second-degree threatening and disorderly conduct following a domestic violence incident with his wife, Ashley. Ashley also worked at NBC30 – she did a brief reporting stint at the station. The couple lives in Darien. Here’s a scene from happier times.

After working as a morning anchor at NBC 30, Rob went on to anchor/reporter duties at WNBC-TV.  He appeared regularly on NBC’s Weekend Today and MSNBC. He then moved on to WCBS-TV where he anchors the morning and noon newscasts.

His wife, Ashley Morrison, served as an air anchor/reporter with Bloomberg television (BTV) from 2007-2009. She is currently an anchor for CBS Moneywatch.

And the Award Goes to…Nancy Andrews

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Hats off  to Nancy Andrews who was selected as this year’s Connecticut Public Relations Practitioner of the Year. Nancy, who works on communications for the Connecticut Education Association (CEA), has spent more than two decades in the field of media and public relations. Prior to joining the CEA,  Nancy worked at CBIA (the Connecticut Business & Industry Association), the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control, and NBC 30.

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