The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Boston/New England Chapter is delighted to announce this year's Silver Circle inductees honoring six broadcast legends with more than 25 years of distinguished service to broadcasting and the community: Byron Barnett (7NEWS; Boston, MA), Denise D'Ascenzo
(WSFB-TV; Hartford, CT), Jerry Franklin (Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc ; Hartford, CT), John D. Methia (WLNE; Providence, RI), Joe Mozdiez (WCVB; Boston, MA), and Fritz Wetherbee (WMUR; Manchester, NH).
Denise D'Ascenzo is a seven-time Emmy award winning broadcast journalist who has also earned distinction as the longest serving news anchor at a single television station in Connecticut.
You will find her
weekdays on Channel 3, anchoring the 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM and 6:00 PM newscasts.
came to WFSB-TV in 1986 and through the years has been a steady and reassuring presence on the anchor desk, covering all the major local and national news stories of the day.
has also traveled to provide special coverage of such events as 1988 Republican National Convention
, the U.S. visit of Pope John Paul the II, the crash of United flight 232 and the arrest of the Washington, DC sniper.
In addition to local and national political leaders, Denise
has also interviewed celebrities, such as Paul Newman, Bob Hope, Tony Bennett and Oprah Winfrey.
also has a passion for health and medical reporting.
She is the host of an Emmy award-winning prime time program, "Advancing Medicine", and has taken viewers inside the operating room at Hartford Hospital to observe breakthrough surgeries and cutting edge treatments.
In addition to six Emmys, including an Emmy for Best Anchor, Denise's reporting has also been honored with seven Associated Press
awards and a prestigious national Gabriel Award.
has also been recognized for her
work with a number of charities including the Muscular Dystrophy Association
, Mary's Place and the Channel 3 Kids Camp.
In May of 2013, Denise was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Quinnipiac University.
Marriage brought Denise
to Connecticut from Cleveland, Ohio where she
anchored the top rated 6:00 and 11:00 newscasts at WJKW-TV.
Before Cleveland, she worked in St. Louis as a reporter and talk show host at KSDK-TV.
But she launched her career in Syracuse, New York, doing the nightly weather forecast while she finished her senior year at Syracuse University and was hired full time as a reporter and weathercaster upon graduating.
Denise was born in Washington, DC and grew up in suburban Rockville, Maryland.
was the first person to receive a scholarship from the American Newspaper Women's Club
to attend a summer journalism program at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University
husband, Wayne have a daughter, Kathryn who is 16.