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WFSB News Anchor Denise D’Ascenzo Dies

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WFSB news anchor Denise D'Ascenzo died unexpectedly on Saturday.

Denise D'Ascenzo, who worked in Connecticut broadcast journalism for more than three decades, died unexpectedly on Saturday, according to WFSB television.

Co-anchor Dennis House announced the news Saturday night.

“It’s extremely difficult to say, but Denise D’Ascenzo died today,” he said. “It was a sudden and unexpected death and the grief we are all feeling is immeasurable. We are devastated for her husband and daughter, who really were her whole life. On a personal note, she was my sister, my TV wife, my best friend here, and my co-anchor for 25 years.”

In a statement, Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont praised D’Ascenzo for her years of service.

“Through her dedicated work and dependable reporting, she earned the distinction of being a trusted name in journalism, and her reporting most certainly made an impact,” Lamont said. “The work journalists provide is a vital public service, and through her career, Denise dedicated herself to the people of Connecticut. The news of her passing is incredibly saddening, and I extend my deepest condolences to Denise’s family, friends, and colleagues at WFSB. She is undoubtedly a Connecticut news legend.”

Republican Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano praised D’Ascenzo her for competence, class, and integrity.

“For more than 30 years, she guided Connecticut through tragedy and triumph. We will miss her huge heart, her boundless generosity, and her tireless grace,” Fasano said. Connecticut has lost a television legend, invaluable voice, and a dear friend.”

D’Ascenzo was WFSB’s longest-serving anchor in station history, with nearly 34 years at the job, House said. 

Jeff Cohen started in newspapers in 2001 and joined Connecticut Public in 2010, where he worked as a reporter and fill-in host. In 2017, he was named news director. Then, in 2022, he became a senior enterprise reporter.

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