I work directly with three producers: one for Eyewitness News at 6PM, one for the 11pm news and one for Face the State. Two are on leave now for maternity.
The 6PM producer Jamie Mascia is due back this summer after giving birth to a girl Giuliana, and tonight (wednesday) our 11PM producer Leah Scott gave birth to a boy, Pressley. The Face the State producer isn’t planning on maternity leave anytime soon. Chris Hamm has no plans to get pregnant. In fact, he is covering Leah’s shift on the nightbeat.
We are kind of used to this baby thing here at Channel 3. The producer births come just 9 months after Kara gave birth to Julian, followed by her producer for Better Connecticut Melissa Dethlefsen leaving to have a boy, John. Better Connecticut associate producer Jen Selva left to give birth to Lyla.
Our bosses are very understanding of all this: both our news director Dana Neves and assistant news director Patience Hettrick have five children between them and have gone on maternity in the past few years also! All of these colleagues of mine took maternity before the baby came so they could prepare for the big arrival.
There was one exception as far as I can remember, Susan Raff. She did a live shot on the 6PM news and the baby was born before the 11PM news.
On another note…I’m glad I’m a guy. That’s a lot of baby showers to go to!