Signing-off…Denise D’Ascenzo

If there were great female TV news anchors at least here in Connecticut, among the greatest would have to be Janet Peckingpaugh (all three channels 3, 8 and 30), Diane Smith (8), JoAnn Nesti (30), Becky Surran (News 12), Keisha Grant (30) and Denise D’Ascenzo (3).

Sadly that last name, the longest serving reporter anchor in WFSB/WTIC-TV’s 62 year history, suddenly died at her home.  The reason is unknown. 

At channel 3’s website a message was posted.


We are devastated for her husband and daughter who were her whole life.  There are no words that could begin to summarize this loss for our WFSB family.


Denise was an award-winning reporter and anchor for the station who came from Cleveland’s WJW-TV, then a CBS affiliate, now a Fox affiliate.

Channel 3 on its YouTube page posted this video of Dennis House making the sad announcement.


Rivals in the business, like WTNH Channel 8 paid tribute.

For the past 25 years Denise has anchored alongside Dennis House. This evening, House announced the sad news and offered a touching tribute.

“The grief we are all feeling is immeasurable,” House said. “We are devastated for her husband and daughter, who were really her whole life. On a personal note, my sister, my TV wife, my best friend here, and my co-anchor for 25 years.”


WVIT, NBC CT, who like WTNH, honored Denise and posted a message from Governor Ned Lamont.

“As the longest-serving news anchor at a single television station in Connecticut, Denise D’Ascenzo has entered millions of homes in our state for more than thirty years. 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,” Governor Ned Lamont said in a statement.

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