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NBC Connecticut has added two new reporters to their growing roster. Audrey Washington and Todd Piro will be joining the station at the end of the month as reporters.
Washington comes from Providence NBC-affil WJAR, while Piro joins from KPSP in Palm Springs.
When asked by TVSpy, GM David Doebler remarked that he was “thrilled to add Todd and Audrey to our award-winning news team,” adding, “Their sharp journalism skills will add depth to our already strong news team in Connecticut, and will benefit viewers with enhanced coverage of important stories to our state,
NBC’s owned-and-operated station in Connecticut has invested in a new investigative team. Among the additions are reporters Chris Coffey and Sabina Kuriakose.
According to TVSpy, the ten-person unit will be helmed by former WVIT managing editor Sharon Butterworth, with support from current NBC Connecticut reporters Monica Buchanan and Jeff Stoecker.
Coffey joins channel 30 from KEYE in Austin, and Kuriakose comes to WVIT from YNN in New York.
In a statement, NBC heralded the creation of the unit as one that will be “focused on tracking down answers to issues and concerns for viewers of the state.” NBC has been investing heavily in their owned-and-operated stations since their acquisition by Comcast. Previously, NBC O&Os were among the first to make cuts and frequently let stations languish.
WBZ has hired a new face from Connecticut. Diana Perez has been with Hartford’s WVIT for the past thirty months and will make the move up to Boston very soon. Her last day at NBC Connecticut was last week.
An email to her colleagues from March 3rd was obtained by btvn:
“My last day is tomorrow. So, it is with a heavy heart that I write this e-mail.
I’d like to start by thanking each and everyone of you for all of your help over the last 2 1/2 years. The stories just don’t get done unless I have great guys and gals like you in my corner.
I’m off to the CBS station in Boston WBZ-TV. I’m excited and nervous at the same time.
This business is funny and there’s no telling where I might end up in a few years… so dont forget about me!”
Perez’s first day at channel 4 has not been disclosed yet.
Melissa Mandak, the morning traffic reporter at Hartford’s WVIT (known on-air as NBC Connecticut,) announced on-air last week that she will be leaving the station. Our friends at The Laurel reported that Mandak will be leaving the station in order to take a job at Yale University in the health and fitness field.
Mandak, who joined channel 30 in July 2010 after a brief stint at New York’s fox-affil WNYW, had been crowned Miss Connecticut in 2005. No word yet on her last day at the station.
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