La Liz

Liz Grey Godbout

If broadcast news is combat, Liz Grey Godbout is one of the most battle-tested, experienced and decorated soldiers around. As we reported last month, Fox61 has lost news director Colleen Marren, but Liz is stepping in. Most recently she worked as CT Communications Manager at Frontier but is best known to Laurel readers as a former News Director at WTNH (’90-’95), VP of News at NBC CT (’98-’01), served in an advisory capacity at Fox61 c. 2009,  and Editor at Large at Hartford Magazine (2012-13). Surely we’ve missed something, but suffice to say it’s great to have someone with knowledge of this state at the helm of one of the major news organizations. Oh, and did we mention she’s from Woodbridge? Good to have you back in the News Director chair, Liz.

The Word Space

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Connecticut Post reporter Ken Dixon is the first person I ever heard refer to the state capitol as the “hyperbolic chamber.”

As someone who has covered the capitol for years, Dixon has heard it all, but in a column this weekend he notes he has heard some words and phrases so often they have become cliche.

Dixon’s dictionary of over-used phrases will also sound familiar to anyone who has spent time on a corporate conference call.

Phaneuf on a Cliff

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When CT Mirror reporter Keith Phaneuf writes about the budget it’s worth reading.

Phaneuf has spent most of the last twenty years studying the process and the budget document itself line-by-line. The Mirror has published the first in a multi-part series from Keith that traces Connecticut’s fiscal problems back 80 years and predicts several decades of tough decisions ahead. A situation that could have a major impact on the state’s economy and quality of life.

The Phaneuf series also marks a continuing effort by the Mirror to leverage the expertise of its reporters to produce stories that have an impact on public policy.

Perna Retires

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Nick Perna, one of the go-to economists for Connecticut reporters covering economic and business stories, is retiring.

Perna is stepping down after 15 years with Webster Bank. Over the years he has established himself as a reliable source of information on a subject that can be hard to explain no matter which medium reporters are working in.

MTM Remembered

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Actress Mary Tyler Moore, who died last week at age 80, was buried Sunday at a cemetery in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Over the weekend a number of former local TV news reporters – all women – wrote about their memories of Moore and her iconic role as the associate producer of the nightly news at WJM-TV in the Hartford Courant.

Included in the list of writers, Gayle King, Diane Alverio and Duby McDowell.

Law and Order, FOX

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The long-running crime series Law and Order is planning an episode based on the case of former Fox News president Roger Ailes.

The man behind Fox’s success was forced to resign last year after Gretchen Carlson of Greenwich – a veteran Fox host – filed a sexual harassment suit against him.

Sunday Talk

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Face the State WFSB 11 am

Hosts: Dennis House & Susan Raff 

Abortion Debate:
Chris O’Brien, CT Right to Life
Sarah Croucher, NARAL

Smoking Age:
Bryte Johnson – American Cancer Society

Flashback:
Barbara Bush campaigns in Connecticut, 1992, Report from Dennis House

 

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The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:00am

Hosts: Jenn Bernstein & Al Terzi

Congressman Joe Courtney(D)

The Trump Presidency:
Nick Balletto(D)
J.R. Romano(R)

Penalties for Attacks on First Responders:
Katie Corrado reports

 

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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. Bruce Morris(D)

Rep. Themis Klarides(R)

 

 

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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