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TV Changes At CT Stations

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Former Connecticut tv personality Kathryn Hauser has left News 12 Connecticut to join Boston CBS owned station WBZ.

“Kathryn is an outstanding journalist with deep connections to the New England region, and will be a great addition to the ‘BZ News team,” said Mark Lund, president and GM of WBZ.

Hauser worked at the Connecticut station since 2009.

Alison Morris has left her anchor seat at FOX CT.alison_morris

She joined the Connecticut station in 2010.

And Jeff Valin, who was seen on FOX CT, WTNH and NBC Connecticut, has moved on to Ohio where he is weekend anchor at WBNS-10 in Columbus.

Byrnes Gone From FOX CT

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logan_byrnes_optFOX CT’s Emmy Award winning morning anchor Logan Byrnes is gone, citing contract renewal differences as the reason.

Byrnes, who anchors the FOX CT Morning News from 4 to 10 a.m. weekdays, left the station effective Friday.

“As much as I would have loved to have continued to deliver the morning news, and as happy as I was with my current contract terms, unfortunately  renewal negotiations were unsuccessful,” he wrote in a prepared statement . “I take great pride in having helped launch the FoxCT Morning News seven years ago when it began as a two-hour weekday newscast from 6 to 8 a.m.”

“The viewership and continued growth in the ratings of the morning  show gave me great joy and satisfaction knowing I made a positive impact in many people’s lives as they invited us into their homes each morning,” he wrote in his statement. “Because of the outpouring of support from viewers around the state and the increased ratings, the show expanded to four hours and then to six hours from 4 to 10 a.m.”

Byrnes, a former trial attorney in Los Angeles, joined FOX CT in 2008, after working as a  correspondent for the nationally syndicated news program “Inside Edition.” Byrnes had also contributed as an anchor on NBC’s “Early Today” and MSNBC’s “First Look” as well as providing various reports for CNBC’s “High Net Worth.” He also was a former anchor at NBC Connecticut.

Byrnes is the son of actor Edd “Kookie” Byrnes, best known for his roles in the tv show “77 Sunset Strip” and the movie “Grease.”

Logan Byrnes, a runner and regular participant in area triathlons, co-anchored the morning show with Erika Arias. He anchored live coverage of a variety of major Hartford area events including the Manchester Road Race, Hartford Marathon and St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Byrnes, also a justice of the peace, officiated at the station’s “televised “Dream Weddings.”

“I want to thank my fellow anchors, reporters, employees and loyal viewers for making my experience at FoxCT enjoyable and memorable,” Byrnes said.

Neither FOX CT news director Coleen Marren nor vice president/general manager Chris Geiger could be reached for comment on Byrnes departure or replacement.

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Fox Adds Full Timer, Awards Announced

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Maggie Slysz has joined Fox CT as a fulltime member of its morning news team.

maggieSlysz, currently a social media reporter on the Fox CT morning show, has spent the last two years working with FOX CT news on special projects including hosting Northeast Living, and the Holiday Wishes special. She also filled in as a traffic reporter.

“Maggie’s enthusiasm and vibrant personality have been a great addition to the morning news team and we are very pleased that to have her on board full-time.” Fox CT News Director Coleen Marren said.

FOX CT reporter Sarah Cody has been recognized by the Food Allergy Education Network with a 2014 Hero Award.

Cody received the honor for raising awareness about dangerous food allergies through her “Mommy Minute” reports on Fox CT news.

For the past three years, the Food Allergy Education Network has presented the “Hero Award” to individuals in the community who make a difference in keeping children with food allergies safe.

And for those already planning their fall schedules:

aurora1The Aurora Foundation has announced that philanthropist and arts and education advocate Beverly Greenberg has been named its 2014 woman Philanthropist of the Year.

A South Windsor teen, Jeanette Marie Porcello, has been named its 2014 Young Philanthropist.

The two will be honored at the foundation’s annual breakfast at the Hartford Marriot Downtown on Oct. 15. Keynote speaker will be Victoria Budson, founding executive director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Pratt & Whitney vice president Jill Albertelli and ThinkRisk Underwriting Agency vice president bbash10 (2)Joseph “Jay” Arcata have been named co-chairmen of this year’s Camp Courant Buddy Bash on Sept. 19 at the camp in Farmington.

The “Superheroes” themed party will honor The Hartford Financial Services and Fox Ct’s Jim Altman.


Perez Leaving Fox CT , Bernstein Arriving

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Connecticut native Jennifer Bernstein will be returning as an anchor/reporter to Fox Ct on Aug. 4.


Bernstein will replace veteran anchor and show host Laurie Perez who leaves the stationlaurie_perez on July 25.

“My husband Jeff Collette accepted a position at the NFL network in California and he started a few weeks ago,” Perez said.

“I’ll be working at KCBS starting in August.”

The award-winning journalist said she is ready for the new adventure.

“I grew up, personally and professionally, here at Fox,” the South Windsor native said. As excited as I am for this new adventure, I’ll miss more people than I can possibly name,” she said. “My thanks to everyone for helping make the last decade plus a great ride.”

“Laurie has been an outstanding reporter and anchor,” said station news director Coleen Marren. “Her dedication and commitment will be missed by our viewers and the Fox Ct team.”

Bernstein will step into Perez’s jobs as anchor FOX CT News at 4, covering Connecticut politics and co-anchoring “The Real Story” with Al Terzi.

Bernstein was a reporter for FOX CT news from 2010-2012, where she worked as the station’s first  multimedia journalist. She most recently worked as a reporter at KYW, Philadelphia’s CBS affiliate. 


“We are thrilled Jenn is rejoining our team,”  said  Marren.
“As a Connecticut native, she knows the state well and I’m sure our viewers will be happy to know such a talented journalist and multimedia innovator is back in our newsroom,” 

Stepping Up For Interval House

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interv1The reason Interval House exists is devastating, but the upside is there has been decades of help for women who are victims of domestic abuse.

And the fact it’s there, is the reason the non-profit and its supporters did some celebrating Saturday night in Hartford.

It was its annual “Step Up and Step Out” gala, and there was plenty of stepping out in high heels and beyond at the gala at The Society Room. Longtime executive director Cecile Enrico, herself once a victim of domestic violence, along with WTIC radio and Fox Ct meteorologist Joe Furey got the party started by hosting the red carpet welcome to the event.

And once inside, there were a lot of smiles as those who attended helping raise the $100,000 the non-profit was hoping to net from the fundraiser that include dinner, dancing and auctions.

Among those at the party were special guests including U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, CT Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Hartford mayor Pedro Segarra,  WFSB’s Joe Zone, NBC Ct’s  Brad Drazen and WTIC radio’s Joe D’Ambrosio.

And then there were the Connecticut Calendar Girlz, “broads” who go above and beyondinterv2 when it comes to supporting Interval House each year.

The “girlz” put together a calendar every year to benefit the non-profit, a calendar with volunteer models putting their best foot, and some other body parts, forward in outfits reminiscent of the 1930s and 40s.

“This is our third year for a calendar,” said member Pia O’Halloran, noting the call for monthly pin-ups will soon be going out for the 2015 edition. “It’s our way of doing something more.”

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NBC Ct Keisha Grant & Husband Welcome Arabella

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kishaNBC CT’s Keisha Grant and hubby, Fox Ct’s Garrett Allison,  have welcomed a daughter.

Arabella Ruth Allison arrived Wednesday, just hours after mom anchored the 6 p.m. news and then headed to the hospital.

“Everyone is well and we are in love,” gushed the new mom to Java, a few hours after the 8 pound, 5 ounce, 201/2 inch long “Bella” arrived.

Congratulations to all.


New Reporter At Fox CT

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Laurenvictory Lauren Victory  has joined Fox CT as a General Assignment Reporter.

Victory comes from WPTZ in Burlington, VT where she worked as a video Journalist/Reporter for the past three years.

“Lauren is a talented reporter and will be a strong addition to the FOX CT news team. Her solid reporting and passion for storytelling will be a benefit to our viewers,” FOX CT News Director Coleen Marren noted.

Victory graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL with a degree in Journalism and Political Science.

CCSU Alumnus Joins FOX CT

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krafcikThere’s a new reporter on Fox Ct and you might recognize him from years gone by.

Mike Krafcik has joined Fox Ct and is definitely not new to the state.

Raised in Burlington, he received his bachelor’s degree in communication from Central Connecticut State University and a master’s in journalism from Syracuse University.

In 2007,  he was an intern in the sports department at the then-known-as WTIC Fox 61.

He comes back to Connecticut from  WATE the ABC affiliate in Knoxville, Tenn.


FOX CT Terzi Stepping Down From Anchor Desk

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terziFOX CT anchor Al Terzi, dubbed “the dean of Connecticut news,” is stepping down from the anchor desk effective March 31.

The 72-year-old award-winning television personality isn’t exactly retiring however, but rather scaling back on his on-air duties at the station.

“I will continue to do my political show, the “Real Story,” he said, referring to the Sunday morning show he co-hosts with FOX CT’s Laurie Perez. “But I am getting off the daily anchor desk.”

Terzi said he plans to continue teaching at the CT School of Broadcasting and is exploring teaching jobs at some area colleges and universities as well.

“I don’t think you can say I’m retiring, just retiring from the anchor desk,” he said.

Terzi said he began thinking about scaling back his career a few months ago when he and his wife Carolyn began making travel plans for their 50th wedding anniversary this year.

“She talked about a trip to Europe and cruise for three weeks and I said half-kiddingly, ‘maybe now is the time for me to step back from the day-to-day work,” Terzi said.

Terzi, who began his career as a radio deejay in 1960, made the move to television in 1967 as a weatherman. He worked at WTNH and WFSB before joining FOX CT in July, 2012.

“He is truly one of a kind,” said FOX CT news director Coleen Marren.

Marren said there will be a launch for his successor soon.

Tarantal to Boston, Ripley to Tokyo

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erikaripley Some tv world blasts from the past updates:

Former WVIT NBC Connecticut reporter Erika Tarantal has joined Hearst’s ABC Boston affiliate WCVB as an anchor and reporter.

And former Fox Ct student news program reporter Will Ripley, a 1999 graduate of Manchester High School, has been named CNN’s Tokyo-based correspondent.

And speaking of tv,  current WFSB anchor Dennis House will celebrate his 50th birthdahouse (4)y helping  Interval House.

House actually turned 50 in December but will celebrate publicly  on Feb. 27 at the party which will be held at Hartford City Hall beginning at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Hartford non-profit that provides help to victims of domestic violence.

Tickets are $50. Information: 860-246-9149, extension 337.