Denise D’Ascenzo Bio – Denise D’Ascenzo Wiki
Denise D’Ascenzo was a longtime WSFB-TV news anchor. She joined WFSB-TV in 1986. She covered 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 interviewed a number of celebrities, including Paul Newman, Bob Hope, Tony Bennett and Oprah Winfrey, according to Denise D’Ascenzo’s bio on WSFB website.
Prior to WFSB-TV, she anchored the top rated 6:00 and 11:00 newscasts at WJKW-TV in Cleveland, Ohio. Before Cleveland, Denise worked in St. Louis as a reporter and talk show host at KSDK-TV. But the city that launched her career was Syracuse, New York. Denise landed her first television job at WIXT-TV in Syracuse, doing the nightly weather forecast while she finished her senior year at Syracuse University. Upon graduating Magna Cum Laude with dual degrees in broadcast journalism and political science, Denise was hired full time as a reporter and weathercaster.
She had a thing for journalism since she was a young child. At the age of 12, Denise launched the first newspaper at her grammar school. She went on to become editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper and 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.
In 2013, Denise was elected to the Silver Circle, a prestigious honor bestowed by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for significant contributions to broadcasting. In 2015, she became the first woman to be inducted into the Connecticut Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.
D’Ascenzo was an 11-time Emmy award winner. She has also been honored with two prestigious Edward R. Murrow awards, seven Associated Press awards, and a national Gabriel Award. She has also been recognized for her work with several charities including the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Mary’s Place and the Channel 3 Kids Camp.
Denise D’Ascenzo Age
She was born in Washington, DC and grew up in suburban Rockville, Maryland. She was 61 years old.
Denise D’Ascenzo Husband
Denise D’Ascenzo was married to her husband Wayne Cooke.
Denise D’Ascenzo Daughter
Denise and her husband, Wayne have a daughter, Kathryn Cooke.
Denise D’Ascenzo Family
Denise D’Ascenzo was the daughter of Salvatore D’Ascenzo and Rita. She had three sisters, Donna, Diane, and Debbie.
Denise D’Ascenzo Death
Denise D’Ascenzo passed away on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at age 61 in her Connecticut home. WFSB announced her death in a statement: “The grief we are all feeling is immeasurable,” WFSB said. “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.”
Governor Ned Lamont released the following statement on the passing of WFSB news anchor Denise D’Ascenzo: “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. 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.”
Senator Richard Blumenthal also shared his condolences in the following statement on Twitter: “Denise D’Ascenzo epitomized 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. Connecticut has lost a television legend, invaluable voice, and a dear friend. My heart and thoughts are with her husband, daughter, and her Channel 3 family.”
Denise D’Ascenzo Cause of Death
Denise D’Ascenzo’s cause of death was a massive heart attack, according to her family.