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POSTED 4/24/2013
Hartford Courant Receives National Award Recognition for Sandy Hook Tragedy Coverage

(Hartford) Richard J. Graziano, President, Publisher and CEO of the Hartford Courant, is delighted to announce The Courant was recently recognized for coverage of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The Courant was one of two Pulitzer Prize finalists in the Breaking News category for “complete and sensitive coverage” of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and for “using digital tools as well as traditional reporting to tell the story quickly while portraying the stunned community’s grief.”

“For the journalists in our newsroom, covering the devastating events at Sandy Hook became more than a story. It became a mission to help our readers take in the incomprehensible and convey the depth of a community’s grief with honesty and respect,” Courant Editor Andrew Julien said.

Also, the Society of Professional Journalists awarded The Sigma Delta Chi Award honoring the Best in Professional Journalism for Editorial Writing (daily circulation of 100,001+) to The Courant for its outstanding collection of writing on the December 14th shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Recognized writers include Tom Condon, Maura Casey, Henry McNulty and Robert K. Schrepf.

“I am extremely proud of our writers for shaking off their own shock and grief to come to the aid of a community traumatized by an unthinkable event with the words that were needed at that terrible time.” said Carolyn Lumsden, Hartford Courant Opinion Editor.

“I am proud and also very humbled by the entire Hartford Courant team that put an amazing effort into covering this horrible event at Sandy Hook”, said Graziano.

POSTED 3/18/2013
Hartford Courant Receives ASNE Honorable Mention for 2012 Best Journalism

(Hartford)  Richard J. Graziano, President, Publisher and CEO of the Hartford Courant and FOX CT is pleased to announce that The American Society of News Editors has awarded The Courant one of two honorable mentions in the Distinguished Writing Award for Deadline News Reporting category for coverage of the tragedy in Sandy Hook.

The lead writers on the stories honored by the society were Dave Altimari, Matthew Kauffman, Josh Kovner and Edmund H. Mahony, but the work included reporting by numerous staffers at the Courant who were involved in covering the shootings on Dec. 14, 2012.

“This award speaks volumes about the quality of work our journalists produce under pressure. I am very proud,” said Graziano.

“This is a great honor,” said Courant Editor Andrew Julien. “For the journalists in our newsroom, covering the devastating events at Sandy Hook became more than a story; it became a mission, to help our readers take in the incomprehensible and convey the depth of a community’s grief with honesty and respect.”

POSTED 3/8/2013
Hartford Courant/FOX CT Host Key Issues Forum On Gun Control
A Gun Battle in the Cradle of the Industry

(Hartford, CT) Richard Graziano, president, publisher and CEO of the Hartford Courant and general
manager of WTIC and WCCT, announced today that the Hartford Courant/FOX CT will host a Key Issues
Forum on Connecticut’s rapidly changing gun laws at the Mark Twain Museum Center on Friday, March 22, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Panelists include:

  • Joe Bartozzi, senior vice president and general counsel of O.F. Mossberg & Sons in North Haven, the oldest family-owned firearms manufacturer in America
  • Mike Lawlor, the top state official on criminal justice as undersecretary of policy and management, and former co-chairman of the legislature’s judiciary committee.
  • Hartford Courant columnist Dan Haar will moderate the discussion.

There’s been little doubt since Newtown that the tragedy would change Connecticut’s gun laws, already among the nation’s strictest. But how will these laws shape up? Will they stop mass killings and reduce crime in cities? How will they affect this state’s historic gun industry — and gun owners’ constitutional freedoms?

The forum is free and open to the public. Anyone wishing to reserve a seat should call 860-280-3130. Limit two tickets per reservation, space is limited.

The public is being asked to submit questions for the panelists prior to the forum by emailing them with your name, address and daytime phone number to opinion@courant.com

The Mark Twain House & Museum is located at 351 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105.http://www.marktwainhouse.org/visitor/hours_directions.php.

The Hartford Courant has sponsored Key Issues Forums on topics of importance to the community for more than 25 years.

For press inquiries, please call Steve Courtney at steve.courtney@marktwainhouse.org or
(860) 247-0998 ext. 243.

POSTED 2/19/2013
Hartford Courant Journalists Appear on NBC’s Today Show to Discuss FRONTLINE Newtown Episode

(Hartford) Hartford Courant reporters Alaine Griffin and Josh Kovner were interviewed on NBC’s popular Today show by Savannah Guthrie this morning to discuss their work in a collaboration with the PBS series FRONTLINE to investigate critical questions raised in wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. A two-part episode of FRONTLINE — “Raising Adam Lanza” and “Newtown Divided” — will premiere tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 10 p.m. ET, on PBS (check local listings). The Hartford Courant’s companion story to the FRONTLINE show is available at courant.com.

Richard Graziano, publisher, CEO of the Hartford Courant and FOX CT, WTIC-TV and WCCT-TV said, “I am proud of the quality, in-depth investigative reporting by Alaine and Josh. The Newtown tragedy has been one of the most difficult and emotional stories any journalist will have to cover”.

The Hartford Courant and FRONTLINE have joined forces to examine the aftermath of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The news outlets explored answers to the questions critical questions: Who was Adam Lanza and what was the nature of his relationship with his mother?; And will this tragedy change the profoundly divisive debate over guns in America?

“It is important to understand what could possibly drive someone to commit such a horrible a crime” said Hartford Courant editor Andrew Julien. “There has been a lot of interest in the work done by The Courant and FRONTLINE and the answers we’ve been able to come up with so far.”

FRONTLINE’s “Raising Adam Lanza” and “Newtown Divided” are part of PBS’ “After Newtown Initiative,” a series of documentaries, news reports and public affairs programs that provides thought-provoking context to the national conversation about gun violence in America. PBS is harnessing its science, documentary and public affairs divisions – with a tradition of unbiased reporting that makes it America’s most trusted source of news – to provide in-depth reporting on the myriad of issues related to gun violence, including gun laws, mental health support and availability, and school safety.

POSTED 2/7/2013
Hartford Courant and PBS’S Frontline Partner on Post-Newtown Tragedy Coverage

(Hartford) Richard Graziano, publisher, president and CEO of the Hartford Courant and general manager of FOX CT/WCCT-TV, and Raney Aronson-Rath, deputy executive producer of PBS’ flagship investigative journalism series FRONTLINE, announced today a special investigative collaboration that focuses on enlightening the tragic events in Newtown, Conn. on December 14, 2012.

The Hartford Courant and FRONTLINE will join forces to examine the aftermath of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The news outlets will explore answers two critical questions sparked by the tragedy: who was Adam Lanza and what was the nature of his relationship with his mother?; and will this tragedy change the profoundly divisive debate over guns in America?

A two-part episode of FRONTLINE “Raising Adam Lanza” and “Newtown Divided” premieres Tuesday, February 19 at 10pm on PBS (check local listings). The first Hartford Courant story will run on Sunday, February 17.

“This tragedy has touched us all deeply,” said Hartford Courant Editor Andrew Julien. “There are important questions that still need to be answered and we are working hard to get those answers. Working with an organization like FRONTLINE adds depth and richness to our coverage.”

“The Hartford Courant knows this story intimately and deeply,” said FRONTLINE Deputy Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath, “They have covered the Newtown shooting more extensively than any other media outlet. FRONTLINE is pleased to collaborate with The Courant to bring this important investigation to a national audience on PBS.”

“I am honored that Connecticut’s Newsroom was able to partner with FRONTLINE for this thought-provoking special investigation” said Graziano. “The Hartford Courant, coupled with footage provided by FOX CT and the nationwide reach and reputation of PBS makes this a powerful partnership.”

FRONTLINE’s “Raising Adam Lanza” and “Newtown Divided” are part of PBS’ “After Newtown Initiative,” a series of documentaries, news reports and public affairs programs that provides thought-provoking context to the national conversation about gun violence in America. PBS is harnessing its science, documentary and public affairs divisions – with a tradition of unbiased reporting that makes it America’s most trusted source of news – to provide in-depth reporting on the myriad issues related to gun violence, including gun laws, mental health support and availability, and school safety.

“After the horrible events in Newtown, we asked ourselves what we could do, as public service media, to add context and analysis to the news coverage,” said Beth Hoppe, PBS Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming. “We believe our public affairs and science shows will bring additional perspective and continue the national conversation about this specific tragedy and open a wider lens on how mass shootings affect us all. We’re extremely proud that FRONTLINE and the Hartford Courant have partnered on these very important stories.”

http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/newtown-sandy-hook-school-shooting/

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/raising-adam-lanza/

POSTED 8/15/2012
Yankee Quill Honors Former Hartford Courant Editor, Robert Schrepf

HARTFORD – August 15, 2012

Five New England journalists will receive the Yankee Quill Award this fall for their contributions to journalism in the six-state region, including Robert Schrepf, former longtime editorial page editor of The Hartford Courant.

The Yankee Quill Award is presented annually by the Academy of New England Journalists through the auspices of the New England Society of Newspaper Editors Foundation. It is considered the highest individual honor awarded by fellow journalists in the region.

“We are thrilled with Bob’s honor from such a distinguished group. It honors all of us at The Courant,” said Carolyn Lumsden, opinion editor at The Courant.

Robert Schrepf worked on the editorial pages of The Hartford Courant for 25 years, starting in 1982. He was chief editorial writer, deputy editorial page editor and, finally, vice president and editorial page editor of The Courant when he retired in 2007.

Schrepf is a member of the Association of Opinion Journalists (formerly the National Conference of Editorial Writers) and is a long-time board member and former president of the New England Society of Newspaper Editors. He is a board member of the Connecticut Foundation for Open Government.

He was a member of the NESNE committee that created the Judy Brown Spirit of Journalism Award that annually recognizes the life work of female journalists in New England.

Schrepf was editorial page editor of the Lincoln Star in Lincoln, Nebraska, before moving to Connecticut in 1982.

Additional Yankee Quill 2012 honorees include Robert Giles, former curator of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University; R. John Mitchell, publisher and owner of the Rutland Herald and The Barre Montpelier Times-Argus of Vermont; Robert Turner, former deputy editorial page editor of The Boston Globe; and Jack Williams, veteran television journalist and news anchor at WBZ-TV in Boston.

POSTED 5/11/2012
Andrew Julien Named Editor of the Hartford Courant

HARTFORD – Friday, May 11, 2012 – CT1 Media announced today that Andrew Julien has been named Editor of the Hartford Courant. Mr. Julien is a 23-year veteran of the Courant newsroom, and has served as Integrated Media Editor of the Courant since 2010. Julien succeeds Naedine Hazell, who is stepping down as Editor for personal reasons and will assume a to-be-determined role in the Hartford Courant newsroom.

“Andrew is a proven leader in the newsroom with a unique blend of qualifications that will only lead us to success in the future,” said Richard Graziano, publisher of the Courant and CEO of CT1 Media.

As Integrated Media Editor for the Courant and FOX CT, Julien was responsible for developing coverage and content synergies within the news organizations. Julien also was part of the Courant reporting team that earned the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for its coverage of the shootings at Connecticut Lottery headquarters. He also served as Metro Editor of the Courant from 2006 to 2009.

“It’s an honor to follow Naedine and the other great editors who have set a high standard,”  Julien said. “This is a great time for journalism; the work we do every day offers amazing opportunities.”

Hazell, who was named editor in 2009, said, “I’m proud to have led this newsroom and I am looking forward to supporting Andrew and to playing an ongoing role in the continued success of the Hartford Courant.”

Julien said that he expects to build on the Courant’s nearly 250-year history by focusing on investigative journalism that exposes wrongdoing, stories that inspire people and spur them to action, and local news coverage that people can count on.

“As we move forward, our success is going to come from continuously finding ways to do our jobs better, to make sure we’re delivering the news and information our readers want, when and where they want it,” Julien added. “What inspires us each and every day is the promise of delivering for our readers, as well as the dedication of the people who work so hard to make good on that promise.”

POSTED 12/15/2011
Winning Streaks
A Key Issues Forum presented by the Hartford Courant/FOX CT, The MetroHartford Alliance and the University of Hartford

The Hartford Courant/FOX CT, The MetroHartford Alliance and the University of Hartford will host a free Key Issues Forum on winning streaks with three of the winningest coaches in the nation on January 12 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the University of Hartford’s Lincoln Theater in West Hartford, Conn.

The coaches will talk about not just winning but maintaining record levels of performance and what lessons their winning streaks hold for life. Panelists include:

Paul Assaiante – Men’s Squash Coach, Trinity College
Entering his 18th year at Trinity and having amassed a record of 303-8, Head Coach Paul Assaiante and the men’s squash team are coming off a 13th consecutive national championship season. He is the owner of the longest winning streak in the history of U.S. collegiate varsity sports. Assaiante is the author of “Run to the Roar: Coaching to Overcome Fear” with James Zug (Penguin).

Geno Auriemma – Women’s Basketball Coach, University of Connecticut
Under his guidance, the Huskies have been transformed from a program with only one winning season to one with seven national titles, 12 Final Fours, four perfect seasons (1995, 2002, 2009, 2010) and 36 Big East titles, all since Geno Auriemma’s arrival in 1985. Auriemma led the Huskies to a 90-game winning streak from 2008-10, eclipsing the previous NCAA record of 88 straight wins set by John Wooden’s UCLA teams in the 1970s.

Jennifer Rizzotti – Women’s Basketball Coach, University of Hartford
Head coach Jennifer Rizzotti is the all-time winningest coach for women’s or men’s basketball at the University of Hartford, having built the women’s basketball program into an America East power and a nationally recognized program. Her teams have won four regular-season championships in the past six years and five tournament championships in nine years, and have made six trips to the NCAA Tournament. Rizzotti also coached the USA Basketball U-19 women’s national team in 2011 and U-18 national team in 2010. Both teams won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championships. Rizzotti was a star point guard on the UConn Huskies’ 1995 team that won the national championship.

Oz Griebel, president and CEO of the MetroHartford Alliance, will moderate.

The Courant has sponsored Key Issues Forums on topics of importance to the community for more than 25 years.  The forum is free and open to the public. Please register at www.metrohartford.com.

University of Hartford’s Lincoln Theater is located on the University campus, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. For directions and a map, go to http://www.hartford.edu/map. In case of bad weather, check the website www.hartford.edu for updates.

Media inquiries should be directed to David Isgur, director of media relations at the University of Hartford, isgur@hartford.edu, 860.768.4340 (office), 860.214.3961 (cell).

About CT1 Media
CT1 Media, Tribune’s Connecticut properties, consists of FOX CT, Hartford Courant, courant.com, CTnow.com, ValuMail, WCCT and New Mass Media. Tribune is America’s largest employee-owned media company, operating businesses in publishing, interactive and broadcasting. Popular news and information websites complement Tribune’s print and broadcast properties and extend the company’s nationwide audience. At Tribune, we take what we do seriously and with a great deal of pride.

About The MetroHartford Alliance
The MetroHartford Alliance serves as the economic development leader for the Hartford region and as the city’s chamber of commerce. The Alliance’s mission is to ensure that the region competes aggressively and successfully for jobs, capital and talent so that it remains a premier place for all people to live, work, play and raise a family. To achieve that mission, the MetroHartford Alliance operates as the Region’s strategic convener of investors, stakeholders and other interested parties to accomplish critical objectives that require collaboration.

About the University of Hartford
Chartered in 1957 with the mission to be a “private university with a public purpose,” the University of Hartford offers undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the arts, humanities, business, engineering and technology, education and the health professions. The University’s student body of nearly 7,200 represents 48 states and more than 60 countries.

POSTED 10/3/2011
The Hartford Courant Expands Coverage

(Hartford) – Starting today, the Hartford Courant is delivering more of what readers asked for based on extensive research. We are expanding coverage and increasing pages in four key news categories – local news, high school and college sports, national and world news, and editorials and commentary.

“We’ve added more news for our loyal readers and we are dedicated to meeting their expectations,” said Richard Graziano, vice president and general manager of FOX CT/WCCT-TV and publisher, president & CEO of the Hartford Courant. “We believe these improvements will continue to make us the premier news and information source for the Hartford area.”

In addition to adding more coverage in the four categories above, the popular iTowns section was recently redesigned as MyTowns and continues to deliver features as well as letters and news from the community.

“This news expansion continues our commitment to all things local — from high school and college sports to local town politics and reader opinions,” said Hartford Courant editor Naedine Hazell. “We hope our readers see the expansion as proof that we are invested in a long-term relationship with them and, therefore, in giving them more of what they want.”

POSTED 5/27/2011
Hartford Courant Wins 20 Awards

(Hartford) Hartford Courant reporters earned 20 awards Thursday, May 26, from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists, including two prestigious awards for “Exclusive Investigative Reporting.” The Stephen Collins Public Service award went to Dave Altimari for his coverage of the Windsor Locks crash involving a police officer. The Theodore Driscoll Investigative award went to Altimari and Matt Kauffman for their probe of safety problems with the state’s fleet of school buses. The investigation led to a crackdown on safety violations and increased inspections.

“These awards prove that the Courant consistently provides readers with the best journalism in the state even as our jobs evolve and we face increasing challenges and opportunities,” said State Editor John Ferraro.

Courant Publisher, President and CEO Richard Graziano congratulated the winners. “This is great news that recognizes the hard work of our reporters, photographers and editors and continues to reinforce the rich history and trust of our great paper,” said Graziano, who is also the vice president and general manager of FOX CT/WCCT-TV.

First place Courant winners in the above-50,000 circulation category:
General reporting series – Alaine Griffin
Business news – Mara Lee
Op-ed – Jesse Leavenworth
Op-ed column – Susan Campbell
Informational graphic – staff
Non-page 1 layout – staff

Second place winners:
Business news – Matt Sturdevant
Feature story – Ed Mahony
Feature series – Amanda Falcone
In-depth reporting – Jon Lender
Investigative article – Chris Keating
Page 1 layout – staff
Spot news – staff

Honorable mention winners:
Business news – Ken Gosselin
Feature – Vanessa De La Torre
General column – Gina Barreca
General reporting, single – Alaine Griffin
Non-page 1 layout – staff