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After Producing in San Diego and Boston, Two Kids and Food Vouchers

In an op-ed published in the Washington Post, former Hartford producer Darlena Cunha describes a career that took her quickly to jobs in San Diego and Boston and a comfortable life with her husband, complete with a $240,000 home and a Mercedes. And then, it all started slipping away. Her husband lost his job, and the market crashed.

“In just two months, we’d gone from making a combined $120,000 a year to making just $25,000 and leeching out funds to a mortgage we couldn’t afford. Our savings dwindled, then disappeared.

So I did what I had to do. I signed up for Medicaid and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.”

Cunha’s essay, “Picking Up Food Stamps in My Mercedes,” has brought her back to television, appearing Tuesday night on CNN’s CNN Tonight in an interview with Don Lemon. In the interview, Cunha pointed out that the Post headline to her story was incorrect, in that she was not actually receiving “food stamps,” but vouchers through the WIC program, which is a program far easier to qualify for, and which allowed her family to keep that Mercedes: Read more

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WFSB Adds Erin Connolly as Reporter

erinconnollyErin Connolly has joined Hartford CBS affiliate WFSB.

A Meredith spokesperson confirmed Connolly started today as a general assignment reporter.

Connolly last worked at Time Warner Cable News in Albany, NY. She has also worked at WCTI in New Bern, NC and KEYC in Mankato, MN.

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Former New York Anchor Resurfaces at Hartford Station

watkins wtnhA face familiar to New York City viewers has recently popped up a few hours northeast on the LIN owned Hartford-New Haven ABC affiliate WTNH.

Former WPIX and WNBC anchor Jim Watkins started his new gig by anchoring WTNH’s Saturday morning news during the Memorial Day weekend.

A LIN spokesperson told TVSpy Watkins is filling in for summer vacations and for a reporter on maternity leave.

Watkins told TVSpy he enjoys freelancing very much. When asked if he hopes to catch on at the Hartford ABC affiliate he said he’s “given up trying to predict what the future might hold,” but added. “I’ve received a very warm welcome from everyone at WTNH, much respect for my previous experience, and I’m having a wonderful time.”

Watkins worked at WPIX for 13 years. Before that he was an anchor at WNBC. He last anchored for News12 Westchester.

WTIC Adds Katie Corrado as MMJ

Katie photoHartford FOX affiliate WTIC has hired Katie Corrado as a multi-media journalist.

Corrado starts at WTIC June 23. Currently, she is an MMJ and weekend anchor at CNY Central in Syracuse, NY.

WTIC news director Coleen Marren said in a statement, “Katie is a dedicated journalist who will bring her skill and enthusiasm to our Connecticut viewers.”

Hena Daniels Off WFSB Anchor Desk

daniels wfsbWFSB anchor Hena Daniels is now, “working hard as part of the special projects unit at WFSB,” according to a Meredith spokesperson.

Meredith confirmed with TVSpy Daniels was no longer on the Hartford CBS affiliate’s 11:00 p.m. anchor desk adding, “She is working on two big components of their brand, On Your Side and the I-Team unit.”

Daniels returned to WFSB as weekend anchor in March 2012 after a couple of years with Meredith’s Atlanta station WGCL.

She was moved to the 11:00 p.m. weekday show alongside Dennis House in August 2012.

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Lauren Victory Joins Hartford’s WTIC

lauren victory_304x200Lauren Victory is joining WTIC, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Hartford-New Haven, as a general assignment reporter.

Victory moves to Hartford from WPTZ in Burlington, where she has been a video journalist and reporter since 2011. She has also worked at WICU in Chicago, WLNS in Lansing and WNEP in Scranton.

Victory, a Long Island native, has previously worked as a booker for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” She began her career at WABC-AM in New York City. [h/t TVNewsCheck]

Chuck Carter Named Managing Editor at WPIX

wpix logoChuck Carter is joining WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City, as managing editor. He begins April 28 and will report to news director Mark Effron.

“Chuck is a seasoned broadcast news executive with a proven record of delivering ratings growth. I’m thrilled he is joining our team as we continue to develop PIX11 News,” Effron said in a statement.

Carter joins WPIX from WTIC, Tribune’s Fox affiliate in Hartford. The move reunites him with general manager Rich Graziano, who joined WPIX from WTIC last year.

With the announcement of Carter’s hire, Amy Waldman and Sharon Van Zwieten are taking on new roles at WPIX. Waldman, who was named managing editor last year, will be the new senior executive producer for all newscasts. Van Zwieten, formerly the senior executive producer, will move into a news talent project management role, WPIX says.

More from WPIX after the jump. Read more

WTIC Marks 25th Anniversary of First Newscast

Hartford Fox affiliate WTIC aired its first newscast 25 years ago today. The station marked the occasion with a #throwbackthursday post on Facebook:

Yesterday, Chris Geiger was announced as the new vice president and general manager of WTIC, which is owned by Tribune.

Chris Geiger Named VP-GM of Tribune’s WTIC-WCCT

chris geigerTribune Broadcasting has named Chris Geiger vice president and general manager of WTIC and WCCT, the Fox and CW affiliates in Hartford-New Haven. Geiger’s appointment is effective April 28.

Geiger comes from Sinclair Broadcasting Group (formerly Barrington Broadcasting Group), where he was president of the company’s Syracuse media properties, including WSTM, WTVH, WSTQ and CNY Central Digital. Sinclair bought the stations from Barrington last year.

“Chris has extensive knowledge of all aspects of managing multiple television stations within a market. He has a successful track record of revenue growth and strong leadership skills and will be a great asset for Tribune’s stations in Hartford,” Tribune Broadcasting COO Lynda King said in a statement.

Geiger replaces Rich Graziano, who recently departed from WTIC-WCCT to become general manager of WPIX, Tribune’s CW affiliate in New York City.

72-Year-Old Al Terzi Leaving Anchor Desk

terzi_croppedVeteran Hartford newsman Al Terzi is planning on leaving the anchor chair on March 31.

According to the Hartford Courant the anchor for FOX affiliate WTIC isn’t retiring, “but rather scaling back on his on-air duties at the station.”

“I will continue to do my political show, the “Real Story,” Terzi told The Courant. “But I am getting off the daily anchor desk.”

He said he started thinking about slowing down when he and his wife began making plans for their 50th wedding anniversary. “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 worked at Hartford-New Haven ABC affiliate WTNH for 14 years and CBS affiliate WFSB for 28 years before coming to WTIC in 2012.

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