Francesca Arrives

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Congratulations to WFSB’s Sujata Jain and her husband meteorologist Jacob Wycoff on the birth of their daughter Francesca. Just in time for Christmas!! Weighing in at 7 lbs.

Hicks Named

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Hope Hicks of Greenwich will serve as director of strategic communications in the new Trump administration.

Hicks was named as part of a four person communications team Thursday.

As expected, Sean Spicer has been named press secretary.

Pauley Bringing Viewers

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CBS Sunday Morning, now anchored by recent Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame inductee Jane Pauley, has topped 6 million viewers in five of the last six weeks.

That’s more viewers than the weekday network morning shows usually bring in.

Pauley recently took over as host of the show following the retirement of Charles Osgood who began his career at what was then WHCT-18 in Hartford. Osgood still appears on CBS Radio.

Save the Date

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The Connecticut Foundation for Open Government has put together an excellent panel of state journalists to review 2016 and look ahead to 2017.

Colin McEnroe will moderate the session which will include; Christine Stuart, Paul Bass, Sue Bigelow, Ken Dixon, Matt Kauffmann and Mark Pazniokas. It’ll take place at the Lyceum in Hartford(227 Lawrence St.) on Monday January 23, 2017 from 5p.m. to 7p.m. It costs $10 to get in.

One Good Site Deserves Another

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ICYMI – The essential Connecticut website CTCapitolReport.com has a growing list of imitators.

The latest(complete with Drudge inspired design) is headed by J.P. Miller, a former regional finance director for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, who started EmpireReport.com a few months ago. The site does for New York political news what CapitolReport does for Connecticut. Miller launched a new app for his site earlier this month.

Logan Follow

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As we reported last week, it appears Logan Byrnes has found an anchor chair in Los Angeles.

The former Fox 61 presenter has been “screen shotted” anchoring the news on Fox 11(KTTV) in L.A. where another long-time anchor recently vacated.

H/T FTVLive

Grace Helm, 92

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Grace Helm, who spent years as a copy editor for the Bridgeport Telegram and the Connecticut Post, has died at the age of 92.

Helm was considered a good copy editor, “and she could make people laugh,’’ feature writer Phyllis Boros said.

Friends said that Helm was an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War in the 1960s, and was an avid swimmer, in Long Island Sound during the summer and at the city-owned McCann Natatorium in colder weather.

“She was smart, opinionated and with an endless search for the sarcasm and humor in life,’’ friend Ann Berman said.

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