WFSB: Connecticut news legend Denise D’Ascenzo dies in her home

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Denise D'Ascenzo, the longtime news anchor, died unexpectedly Saturday in her home, according to WFSB.

Details surrounding her death were not immediately available.

Gov. Ned Lamont tweeted out a tribute, calling D’Ascenzo “a Connecticut news legend.”

“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,” Lamont said in a statement. “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. 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.”

According to WFSB, D’Ascenzo came to the station in 1986 and won numerous awards during her career, including two prestigious Edward R. Murrow awards, seven Associated Press awards, and a national Gabriel Award.

News 12 Connecticut would like to express our deepest condolences to the D’Ascenzo family and everyone at WFSB.

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