Denise D'Ascenzo

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Last Updated 9/17/2008

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Employment History

Reporter Position  - KSDK

Reporter and Morning Talk Show Host  - KSDK

Reporter and Talk Show Host  - KSDK

Emmy Award Winning Broadcast Journalist  - 


dual degrees  - broadcast journalism and political science , Syracuse University

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[IMG]Denise D'AscenzoNewsBlues LookerDENISE D'ASCENZODenise joined Channel 3 in 1986, during which time she has traveled extensively to cover various stories including a visit by Pope John Paul II and the 1988 Republican National Convention in New Orleans.She was one of only a handful of U.S. journalists invited to Chicago to interview Oprah Winfrey.Denise's work at Channel 3 has been recognized by her peers with dozens of awards, including six Emmys, including Best Anchor; seven Associated Press Awards; and a prestigious Gabriel award.Prior to joining Channel 3, Denise anchored at WJW-TV in Cleveland.After four years living along Lake Erie, Denise came to Connecticut to get married and become a New Englander."I love the history here and all the potential Connecticut has to return to its greatness," she said.By the time Denise begins her workday, she has already experienced a full day with her 9-year-old daughter, Kathryn.In her free time, she and her husband, Wayne, enjoy family outings and visits with the many D'Ascenzos on the Eastern seaboard.Denise was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in the suburb of Rockville, Md.She has served as editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper and 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 at Northwestern University.Denise graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University with dual degrees in broadcast journalism and political science.Her first job in television was at WIXT-TV in Syracuse, N.Y., as a reporter and weathercaster.She then moved to the Midwest, taking a reporter position and morning talk show host at KSDK-TV in St. Louis.

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The Morning Show crew with Denise D'Ascenzo from Channel 3 Eyewitness News.

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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: 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. Denise 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. She 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. Denise 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. She 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. She 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. Denise and her husband, Wayne have a daughter, Kathryn who is 16.

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