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TV Reporters Make The News In CT

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 They are usually the ones to report the news on television, but this time around, they are the news.

deniseWFSB anchor Denise D’Ascenzo will be inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts & Science prestigious Silver Circle. The Silver Circle honors veteran television professionals who have made significant contributions to their community, the television industry and to individuals training for careers in the field of television.

Over at NBC Connecticut/WVIT the welcome mat is officially out for former WFSB reporter Len Besthoff. The veteran journalist has joined the West Hartford-based station’s Troubleshooters Unit as chief investigative reporter.

“LeLen Besthoffn will be an invaluable addition to our Troubleshooters team. His depth of sources and knowledge of the Connecticut market will take the investigative team’s advocacy on behalf of our viewers to a new level,” said Ric Harris, NBC Connecticut president and general manager. “With Len’s expertise, we will go even deeper in uncovering corruption, finding government waste and holding officials accountable for their actions.”

NBC Connecticut also welcomes new reporter Abbey Niezgoda.

She previously worked for WLNE-TV ABC6 in Providence, RI.

Celebs In Connecticut

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Courtesy of Stackpole, Moore, Tryon, Tuesday’s

It was a busy weekend when it came to celebrity sightings around the state.

Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi ended up doing a little clothes shopping in downtown Hartford Friday. Seems the California U.S. representative was part of the group invited to U.S. Rep. John Larson’s annual politico who’s who bocce soiree, a party that includes lunch in Hartford, a little intermezzo at Jody and Ron Morneault’s Stackpole, Moore,Tryon/Tuesday’s on Trumbull Street and lawn bowling in East Hartford.

“We were wondering what was going on when the Secret Service arrived and check out the store,” said store staffer Tracy Murphy. As part of the Larson party, the store hosts an afternoon “wine and” reception at the store each year for the congressman’s visitors. “Then a limo drives up and it was Nancy Pelosi and a couple of other women who came in,” Murphy said.

Murphy’s not telling what the well-known Democrat purchased, except to say the congresswoman “shopped.”

Meanwhile over in Woodbury Sunday, Jimmy Fallon got his sausage fix at that town’s Bilda Burger.

“He was very nice, he had a “red hot” with onion and peppers,” reports store manager Manny Perez about the “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” host and his sausage sandwich of choice. Perez said he was too busy to notice if Fallon left a tip, but noted that Fallon’s wife has been in the restaurant before, and that it is not uncommon for celebrities to stop by.

And then there was the wedding at Judge Judy’s Greenwich estate a week ago.


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The popular tv judge, whose real name is Judy Sheindlin, and her husband Jerry Sheindlin, hosted the wedding of their grandson Casey Barber to Olivia Weil on Sept. 7. About 150 people attended the nuptials.

And in local celebrity news, WFSB reporter Len Bestoff is jumping ship and heading a couple of towns over to NBC Connecticut where he will be the stations chief investigative reporter in its “Troubleshooters Unit.”

The station’s president and general manager Ric Harris confirmed the appointment but declined to say much more noting that Bestoff, who is slated to begin his new job next month, is still under contract to the Rocky Hill station.

Also making a tv move is WTNH meteorologist Steve MacLaughlin. He’s going to WTAE in Pittsburgh.


Courtesy of Quinnipiac University

And finally, there was philanthropic celebrity at Quinnipiac University Thursday as the school officially dedicated its new Frank H. Netter School of Medicine there.

Guest of honor was Barbara Netter who, with her late husband, Edward Netter, made a major donation to the school in memory of Frank Netter, Edward netter’s first cousin and a noted surgeon and medical illustrator.