January is a time for new beginnings and the first month of 2021 certainly fit the bill for me. My father passed away on New Year’s morning, I eulogized him at his funeral on Wednesday, and I started my new career at WTNH the following day. I started my journey as a television news anchor in a January, back when I was 25 years old, at WREX-TV in Rockford, Illinois. I drove through a snow storm from Norwood through six states past Lake Michigan to start an adventure in broadcast journalism I am still enjoying immensely. So grateful for that first opportunity.
My first day at News 8 on Thursday was awesome. The people there are so friendly and welcomed me with open arms. From the management on down, everyone has been super helpful. This was not an ordinary first day on a job because many of new colleagues I’ve known for years: Darren Kramer, Lisa Carberg, Ann Nyberg, Gil Simmons, Keith Kountz and the list goes on. Joe Furey and I used to do a morning news broadcast together back in the mid-90s, Garett Argianas was a former neighbor, and there are more personal connections like that throughout WTNH.
I got to work right away with an exclusive interview with former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd, who wanted to talk about the attack on the capitol and what lawmakers should do about President Trump. I have interviewed Senator Dodd numerous times during my time in Connecticut, but it had been a while. I covered his retirement in December of 2010, an emotional day where he held his young daughters. Fast forward to this week when 19 year old Grace Dodd helped her dad set up with Zoom interview, which you can watch right here:
I’ll be hosting a new Sunday morning show soon on Channel 8. Stay tuned for details on that. Overall, it was an eventful week but I was guided by my dad, and Denise. Grateful for this new opportunity, and super grateful for the awesome coffee machine at News 8! I’ll have to post a pic of that one of these days.
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