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QU Names New Journalism Chair, Leno To SCSU

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Convey, KevinA guy with hands-on news experience has a new job with the Department of Journalism at Quinnipiac University.

Newspaper veteran Kevin R. Convey, a former editor-in-chief at the New York Daily News, has been named department chair of the school in Hamden.

Convey, of Brockton, Mass. and New York City, was a journalist for three decades, working his way up from reporter to editor-in-chief at the Boston Herald and then serving as editor-in-chief of the Daily News in New York.

“Kevin has an outstanding record of achievement as a journalist,” said Lee Kamlet, dean of the School of Communications. “His deep experience has given him a very clear idea of where journalism and journalism education ought to be going.”

Convey will also be an assistant professor at the school.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with Quinnipiac’s talented students, accomplished faculty and forward-thinking administration,” he said.

Convey earned a master’s degree in entrepreneurial journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York and is an adjunct professor at both New York University and The City College of New York.spyros

Speaking of people in the news and providing the news…

Brian Spyros is the new guys at WTNH News 8 in New Haven. A graduate of Central Connecticut State University, Spyros worked at WFSB and WBOC in Maryland.

At NBC Connecticut, it’s goodbye to Stephania Jimenez who has taken a new job as an anchor at KZTV in Corpus Christi, Texas.

And for those of you mourning the loss of Jay Leno from late night television, you can catch him at Southern Connecticut State University in May.

Leno, who was replaced by Jimmy Fallon on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” earlier this year, will be the guest speaker at Southern Connecticut State University on May 9 at its annual Fusco Distinlenoguished Lecture Series.

Tickets begin at $30 for students and go to $150 for VIP seats that also include a post-reception meet –and-greet with Leno. For information go here.

And finally, you may remember Project Runway winner Mondo Guerra visit here last fall when he was the celebrity judge at AIDS CT first annual “We Can: An Evening with Mondo Guerra, ”  a Project Runway “ fashion fundraiser here.

It featured a slew of area designers including Jean Anne Boccaccio who won the competition that night.

The real reality show that airs on Lifetime Channel, is having amondo1 casting call for next season, inviting “hot fashion designers” who want to who their work on the runways of New York City’s Fashion Week to audition for the show.

So Hartford area fashion designers,  go here for a chance to be on the show.


CCSU/Stefanik Make “Leno” Monologue

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mikesAre you a Connecticut race car fan? Did you happen to catch Jay Leno’s monologue last Friday on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno?” Connecticut track regular Mike Stefanik was one of the stars.

Stefanik  missed winning the Whelan Modified Tour “Battle At the Beach” race in Daytona Beach Thursday, after being pushed out of the lead in the white-flag lap by eventual winner Steve Park. Stefanik was, well, less than happy and minced no words in a nasty, very well-publicized tv interview with Fox Sports after the disappointing race.

Leno, a car fan, jumped on the news clips of the seething, stone-faced Stefanik and turned it into a comical bit portraying him as a guy you definitely would not want to be with at light-hearted events including a birthday party or a wedding.

And in the same monologue, Central Connecticut State University got a shout out for its recent survey on the most illiterate cities in the United States. For the second year in a row,  Bakersfield, California was the worst and Leno, of course, couldn’t help but comment.

To see the clip with both go to http://bit.ly/VJ4wli

Java Served Up At “The Season”

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I love you Hartford and all that you do when it comes to raising money for causes by throwing lavish galas and parties.

But have to say, it was a whole different experience in Palm Beach, FL as its “season” began this past weekend. But still with some  Hartford ties.

Long story short, I was invited by  CT radio great, Dick Robinson, who, if you don’t know him, was a dj turned radio exec here in CT and is still a savvy radio and tv businessman who is wheeling and dealing from his home there these days. Robinson also owns the  Connecticut School of Broadcasting schools along the eastern seaboard and is also the brain behind “American Standards  by the Sea”, a two-hour internationally  syndicated  tv show and radio show broadcast each  week from his 70 ft. Hatteras motor  yacht – “Airwaves.”

“The Lady in Red” Gala”  (Lucien Capehart Photography of Trump, Pope, Leno and Robinson) was the “season’s” opening gala, held at  Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, complete with a guest list that included “The Donald”  himself, comic and talk show host Jay Leno, legendary comic Marty Allen and in the “what-a-small-world-category,” former Bushnell executive director Doug Evans.

Lois Pope, widow of National Enquirer founder Generoso Pope, and her “Lois Pope Life Center” hosted the gala that this year benefited the American Humane Association with Robinson and his wife, Sally, serving as co-chairs.

And while I was technically off the job couldn’t resist posing a few questions, learning along the way that Trump thinks the Courant is “a good paper” and Leno’s brother lives in Connecticut, and Evans, still keeps his hands in things in Connecticut by doing a segment each week on WDRC, and prepares to make yet another career move.

Thanks to the Robinsons, Helen, Craig, Kathy Faber, Rob Russell, and all of you. Too much fun!