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Quinnipiac To Honor Barbara Walters With Friendly Award

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Iconic broadcast journalist Barbara Walters will be honored by Quinnipiac University with a 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.

An Evening With Barbara WaltersWalters, an ABC news correspondent, executive producer and co-host of “The View” will be presented with the award on June 10 at the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award Luncheon at the  Metropolitan Club in New York City.

The Fred Friendly Award is presented each year to a broadcast journalist whose work reflects the ideals of Fred Friendly, former president of CBS  News and a strong advocate of freedom of speech and of the press.

Past recipients  of the Fred Friendly Award include Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, Morley Safer, Scott Pelley and Gwen Ifill.

This the second time the lifetime achievement award is being presented. In 2008 Floyd Abrams was honored with the lifetime achievement award. 

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.


QU Prof Will Be Irish Hall Of Famer

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Exploring Legacies of the Great Hunger 2013-05-17As thoughts turn to the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day, Quinnipiac University has received some good “Irish” news.

History professor Christine Kinealy, is among 10 leaders who will be inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame on March 12 at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.

“It is a great honor to walk in the footsteps of so many eminent Irish-Americans,” said Kinealy, who is also director of the university’s Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute.  “The work I have done in Irish history has only been possible through the support of my children, Siobhán and Ciarán, the encouragement of my friends and the intellectual curiosity of my students. Collectively, they have contributed to my getting this incredible recognition.”

“Irish America” magazine’s Hall of Fame honors the extraordinary achievements of Irish-American leaders — from their significant accomplishments and contributions to American society, to their personal commitment to safeguarding their Irish heritage and the betterment of Ireland. Quinnipiac President John L. Lahey was recognized in 2012.

Kinealy, who was honored as an Irish America Top 100 educator in December, will join this year’s nine other inductees, including Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s “Hardball;” Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Bill O’Reilly, host of the Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor.”

“Our distinguished honorees, while making significant contributions to American life, continue to take pride in their Irish heritage and promote the land of their ancestors,” said Patricia Harty, co-founder and editor of “Irish America” magazine. “We are delighted to honor such a diverse group of Irish-Americans.”

The Hall of Fame is housed at the Dunbrody Famine Ship and National Emigration Centre in New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland.

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.


Courtesy of WFSB

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.


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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.

Spring Has Sprung…Get Out There Hartford!

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]So many choices, so little time is the mantra for this weekend. Not only is it Mother’s Day Sunday but also a weekend of choices when it comes to theater, galas, food events and awards.

 It all starts Thursday at the Hartford Hilton where singer and tv personality Vikki Carr will be the featured guest at the 10th annual “Latinas & Power Symposium.”

More than 500 Latinas are expected at the lunch and business expo that includes seminars and networking. Information: emsbusiness.com

lipitonesAlso on Thursday, The Goodspeed’s Norma Terris Theatre opens its first production of the season,  “The Lipitones ” the tale of a “not so traditional barbershop quartet.”  The show, part of Goodspeed’s 50th anniversary celebration,  continues through June 2 at the Chester theater. Information: goodspeed.org

The Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services will hold its 30th anniversary gala Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Governor’s Residence, 990 Prospect Ave., Hartford . First Lady Cathy Malloy will be the host committee chairwoman for the event benefiting the statewide coalition of individual sexual assault crisis programs. Information: connsacs.org 

On Friday from 6 to 9p.m. , head to St. Thomas Seminary, 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, for the “Taste of the World” a benefit for Immaculate Conception Shelter & Housing Corp. Beginning at 6 p.m. the fundraiser will include an international assortment of food, wine and beer tastings and music. Tickets are $75. Information: icshc.org 

scott-pelley[1]Also on Friday, Quinnipiac University will present is 20th Fred Friendly First Amendment Award to CBS evening news anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley at the Metropolitan Club in New York City.

The award is given each year to a person “who has shown courage and forthrightness in preserving the rights set forth in the First Amendment.” The award is named after Fred Friendly, a former CBS News president and champion of freedom of speech. Information: quinnipiac.edu

lundenIt’s Mother’s Day weekend and that means it is “Race In the Park ” day Saturday at Walnut Hill Park in New Britain. It is the 10th anniversary for the 5K race and walk to raise money for breast cancer research, services  and programming. Held rain or shine, the day also feature food, displays and a survivor’s brunch that this year will feature Joan Lunden as the guest speaker. Information: ctraceinthepark.org

Also on Saturday, the JDRF will hold its annual “Promise Ball” at the Connecticut Convention Center. Ball honorees are Stanley Black & Decker CEO John Lundgren and Yale University professor Dr. Kevan C. Herold. Theme for this year’s event is “Building Toward A Cure” with proceeds benefiting  juvenile diabetes research and programming.

Information: jdrfctmapromiseball.org

 stars1[1]Saturday will also be the day for the 14th  annual Mayor’s Charity Ball in West Hartford. Held in a tent on the town hall green, The evening, themed “Lights, Camera,  Hollywood,” will include food, music, and dancing . Beneficiaries of this year’s event are Playhouse on Park and Hopeworks Inc.

Information: themayorscharityball.org



CBS Pelley To Receive QU Fred Friendly Award

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scott-pelley[1]Scott Pelley, anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley has been named the recipient of the 20th annual Fred Friendly First Amendment Award.

Presented each year by Quinnipiac University’s School of Communications, the award will be presented in New York in May.

The award is in memory of the late Fred Friendly, who was president of CBS, an author, director and producer, who played a major role in establishing PBS and was a champion of freedom of speech.

The award-winning Pelley also worked as correspondent for the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes, and was a CBS News’ Chief White House Correspondent.

The school presents the award each year to those “who have shown courage and forthrightness in preserving the rights set forth in the First Amendment.”

Past award winners have included Tom Brokaw, Bill Moyers, Gwen Ifill, Peter Jennings and Ted Koppel.


QU Guest Charles Gibson Predicts Obama Win

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If you did not attend the lecture last week at Quinnipiac University featuring former “ABC World News” anchor Charles Gibson last week, you missed a tip. Democratic President Barack Obama is going to win in November.

That’s what he predicted in front of 800 people  anyway.

“Folks, Barack Obama is going to win,” Gibson said. “I don’t say that just because Mitt Romney is running an inept campaign which he is. He made a very maladroit statement on the Middle East and his 47 percent on the dole, etc. You now hear backstage rumblings from prominent Republicans who have basically written him off. But I say it because Barack Obama won 365 electoral votes in 2008. That’s 95 more than he needed for election. He can lose states like Indiana, Missouri and North Carolina, all of which he won four years ago, and still be elected comfortably. Every electoral map projection I’ve seen puts 237 electoral votes pretty solidly in the Obama column this year. That means he only needs to pick up 33 more.”

Watch the entire lecture. Gibson makes his prediction at the 23:10 mark of the video.


Fall’s First Weekend Brings Lots To Do Hartford

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It’s the first weekend of autumn and that is reason to celebrate. And with the season change comes lots of ways to do that.

On Thursday, head over to the dedication of artist Adam Niklewicz’s installation, a water-activated mural of Hartford’s historic Charter Oak on the side of a former synagogue at 215 Pearl Street.

The “Walking Around a Tree” project, a joint venture between the city of Hartford, the Wadsworth Atheneum and Real Art Ways, is a component of the statewide City Canvas public art program which includes artworks in New London, Waterbury, New Britain, Torrington, Bridgeport and Stamford. The opening reception is from  4 to 7 p.m., and begins  at the gallery on the second floor of the office building at One Constitution Plaza, where an exhibit will show all the cities’ murals. The unveiling of the tree mural  will then be held at  215 Pearl St.


Interested in some star-gazing? A couple of choices on Thursday. Actor Tony Danza will be the featured author at  RJ Julia Booksellers program on his new book ” I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High.The event will held at Walter C. Polson Middle School 302 Green Hill Road in Madison.  Go to rjjulia.com for ticket information.

At Quinnipiac University,  Charles Gibson, the former “ABC World News” anchor, will deliver the lecture, “The (Im)Balance of Power in Washington: How Things Went Off the Rails and How They Can Be Fixed,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Burt Kahn Court on the Mount Carmel Campus.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information about the lecture, please call 203-582-8652.

A few parties to choose from Saturday including the Hartford Symphony Orchestras Prelude Gala, a black- tie soiree benefiting music in the community.

This year’s party will be held at Rentschler Field  House in East Hartford. The evening includes a VIP reception , cocktails, dinner, live auctions and music by Carolyn Kuan & The Hartford Symphony Orchestra. For information go to hartfordsymphony.org.

At Glastonbury Hills Country Club, Hartford Magazine will be toasting its 2012  “Best of” winners. Food, music and dancing will be featured . Tickets must be purchased in advance. For information go to http://bit.ly/QdrXln

On Saturday and Sunday, head over to  the Connecticut Convention Center for the 10th annual Women’s Expo. Guest stars including Shawn Christian who plays Dr. Daniel Jonas on “Days of Our Lives” and WWE personalities David Otunga and Eve will be featured as well as more than  400 exhibits and demonstrations, makeovers and fashion shows.  Go to  ctexpos.com for information.




Gibson Coming To Quinnipiac

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Former “ABC World News” anchor Charles Gibson is coming to Connecticut.

The journalist and newscaster will present a program “The (Im) Balance of Power in Washington: How Things Went Off The Rails and How They Can Be Fixed” at Quinnipiac University on Sept. 20.

The program is free and open to the public.

“I am thrilled to have Charlie Gibson coming to campus for so many reasons,” said Lee Kamlet, dean of the School of Communications. “I was one of Charlie’s producers when he was the congressional correspondent for ABC News. Having worked alongside him, I know how passionately he cares about the Congress as an institution, and how important he believes it is to restore civility to congressional and public discourse.”

Kamlet noted that Gibson’s appearance comes during Constitution Week, adding to Quinnipiac’s celebration of the Constitution. In addition to his speech, the former ABC newsman will spend a full day on campus, meeting with students and faculty.

Gibson received the university’s Fred Friendly First Amendment Award in 2008.

For program information call  203-582-8652.