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Mark Zinni Joining WFSB

zinni wjwMark Zinni will be joining Hartford CBS affiliate WFSB.

According to the Hartford Courant, Zinni will join Denise D’Ascenzo as co-anchor of the 5:30 p.m. news.

In the announcement by news director Dana Neves Thursday,  Zinni will also  “report during the day, and introduce folks to some different and interesting topics around Connecticut,” apparently also taking over some of the duties being left behind by departing reporter Kate Rayner.

WFSB anchor Dennis House tweeted out a welcome to Zinni.

Zinni announced he was leaving Cleveland FOX affiliate WJW earlier this month. He’s also worked at KTVX in Salt Lake City, UT, WPRI in Providence, RI, WTOV in Stuebenville, OH, and WICU in Erie, PA.

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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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WFSB Will Honor Newtown’s Request to Stay Away on Anniversary of Sandy Hook Shooting

newtown mediaHartford CBS affiliate WFSB will not report from Newtown on the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, anchor Dennis House writes on his blog:

December 14, 2013 will be a somber day in Newtown, and town leaders are hoping people there can reflect, pray, and cry in private. Sunday on Face the State on WFSB, First selectman Pat Llodra asked all members of the media to stay away on that day.

“We are on a grief journey and we are healing and the media can be an impediment to that healing because it creates some barriers that are difficult for our community.”

WFSB management has announced the Eyewitness News team will not be in Newtown on December 14th. Instead, each day leading up to the 14th, we have been profiling those who died in the shooting.

The station says it will also be making donations to the victims’ charities. [h/t NewsBlues]

Before ‘Killing Kennedy’ Bill O’Reilly Investigated ‘Umbrella Man’ for WFSB

o-reillyWith the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination approaching, National Geographic is debuting “Killing Kennedy” based on the book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.

But what viewers may not know is that before becoming the iconic face of FOX News and penning the New York Times besteller, O’Reilly was a reporter for Hartford, CT, CBS affiliate WFSB who investigated the possible role played by the “Umbrella Man” in the assassination of our 35th President.

WFSB anchor Dennis House will air the original four-part investigation from November 1979 this Sunday. “Look for Carter-era graphics, including our disco inspired logo,” said House on his blog. “Note the size of the tape cassette recorder Bill carried with him.”

The premise of O’Reilly’s reporting was a fascinating yet somewhat bizarre theory: that JFK was killed by an assassin using an umbrella gun, a man who was dubbed the “umbrella man.” Judging by his line of questioning, I got the sense even O’Reilly seemed a little incredulous at the prospect of the leader of the free world being snuffed out by a gadget-laden umbrella.

In the report, O’Reilly travels to Dallas looking for evidence about the mysterious man with the umbrella. He also talks to a retired FBI agent who was there for JFK’s autopsy. House writes, “Bill’s questioning of this agent is worth watching and foreshadowed a style seen decades later on the “O’Reilly Factor.”

The series airs as part of “Face the State” on WFSB this Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

WFSB Quietly Goes Solo at 5:30 p.m.

dascenzo_wfsbWFSB recently went with Denise D’Ascenzo as solo anchor for the Hartford-New Haven CBS station’s 5:30 p.m. newscast.

The show used to be anchored by D’Ascenzo and Dennis House. House assured TVSpy there weren’t any ulterior motives behind the move.

“It’s part of a new long term  contract,” House said. “I already do the 5, 6 and 11 and “Face the State,” so that’s a full plate. During the 5:30 I now get to focus on the 6pm news which is the highest rated newscast in market and it gives the 5:30 a different look.”

A Meredith spokesperson had no comment for TVSpy.

Brian Garnett, Former WFSB Reporter, Dies of Cancer

Brian Garnett, former reporter for Hartford CBS affiliate WFSB, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer. Garnett, who most recently worked as the director of external affairs for the Connecticut Department of Corrections, reported for WSFB for 21 years.

Anchor Dennis House announced the news on the WFSB Sunday newscast, calling Garnett a “top-notch journalist who began his career at WFSB in 1980.” With his voice cracking from emotion, House added, “Brian broke numerous stories around the state.  Brian died earlier today after a long battle with cancer.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Brian’s family and friends during this sad time,” said Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman in a statement. “He served the State of Connecticut for nearly 12 years—his work in the Department’s communications and legislative units will be missed by his colleagues, and his absence will be felt across the entire agency.” Read more

Flashback: Pre-teen David Ushery Interviews Walter Cronkite on WFSB


Hartford CBS affiliate WFSB took a trip down memory lane on Sunday’s “Face the State with Dennis House.”

As an 11-year-old, David Ushery, WNBC‘s weekend anchor, hosted a Saturday morning children’s show on WFSB called “Kidsworld.” Ushery interviewed Walter Cronkite (video above) in 1979.

Cronkite told Ushery about his beginnings in the business — starting as editor of his high school newspaper — and talks about his ideal qualities in a newscaster: “a person with a sense of curiosity, with a desire to work and an ability, a physical and mental ability, to work long hours with a high degree of intensity.”

In Election Season, Stations Flex Political Muscle With Local Debates

While last night’s final Presidential debate may be the most visible example of politicians taking their message to the people, many politicians throughout the country got their chance to show their stuff this election on a much smaller stage, the local TV debate.  Which begs the question, can a debate turn an election even on a local level and, most importantly, are they still relevant?

“I do think they are relevant,” Dennis House, anchor for Hartford, CT CBS affiliate WFSB, told TVSpy.  “Even in a small state like Connecticut where the odds are greater that you will meet a candidate, it is still important to see them in action debating the issues.”

Dan Bradley, president and general manager of NBC affiliate WCMH in Columbus agrees.  “I believe journalists have a responsibility to get the candidates to say something beyond their pat stump speeches and reality distorting commercial messages.”

You can watch the first of a series of Connecticut Senatorial debates with Dennis House as moderator after the jump.

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Anchor Changes at WFSB

WFSB, the CBS-affiliate in Hartford/New Haven, has made some changes to its anchor line up.

Hena Daniels moves over from the weekend desk to join Dennis House at 11pm weekdays. House, who has been anchoring solo for four years, eagerly tweeted the move, saying “I am pleased to tell you Hena Daniels will be my new co-anchor on Ch. 3 Eyewitness News at 11!”

New London Bureau Chief Kevin Hogan will take the slot vacated by Daniels on weekend nights while reporter Tina Martin will anchor weekend mornings.

Dennis House Marks 20 Years at Hartford’s WFSB

Dennis House is celebrating 20 years on the air at WFSB, the CBS-affiliate in Hartford.

House co-anchors the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts and moderates “Face the State,” WFSB’s weekly political affairs program. The station saluted him with a tribute piece assembled by his co-anchor, Denise D’Ascenzo.

“I feel really blessed, I really do,” House said after the tribute. “To be any place for 20 years is certainly an accomplishment. And I’ve loved it, I’ve made some great friends.” Video inside… Read more

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