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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,” 

Fox CT Anchor Laurie Perez About to Become A “Mrs.”

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perez1In case you haven’t noticed, Fox Ct anchor Laurie Perez has been MIA.

She has a good reason. She is about to become a MRS.

The South Windsor native and daughter of Vic and Rose Perez, will be saying “I do” to fiance Jeff Collette at nuptials in Hawaii Saturday.

According to Perez, who also co-hosts the station’s “The Real Story,” the  wedding will be a sunset affair on a deck overlooking the ocean. It will be a  very traditional Hawaiian ceremony, she said,  with Hawaiian songs performed on a ukulele  for the reception.

The bride-to-be said about 50 people are coming to the wedding.

And how did they meet?

“Jeff and I met through a mutual friend at ESPN,” she said about Collette, an ESPN SportsCenter producer  who hails from Wisconsin and came to Connecticut from Texas.   “It was my birthday and I went out celebrating with friends and Jeff came in with our mutual friend and we were introduced,” she said about the meeting three years ago. “We’re so excited, overwhelmed by the beauty of Hawaii and will be bringing the Aloha spirit home with us.”

Congratulations to you both. Wishing you many, many happy years together.


LUPA Names 2012 “Top 50″ Latinos”

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A FoxCt show host  and a Hartford Courant reporter have been named to the Latinos for Professional Advancement (LUPA) “50 Most Influential Latinos in the Greater Hartford Area” list for 2012.

Laurie Perez, co-host of “The Real Story” and Hartford reporter Vanessa de la Torre are among those who have been included on LUPA’s first annual list.

The list includes Latinos from various ethnic backgrounds, various ages, those in the private and public sector, musicians, military, media nonprofit organizations and business owners.

Others on the list include Marilyn Alverio, founder and producer of the Latinos in Power Symposium, well-known musician Ray Gonzalez, Hartford Supt. of Schools Christina Kishimoto, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra, and Universal Health Foundation president, Frances Padilla. Also author and poet Bessy Reyna,  Capital Community College president, Wilfredo Nieves, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving officer, Pete Rosa and Joe Rodriguez, outreach aid to U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

For the complete list go here