Denise D'Ascenzo is a nine-time Emmy award winning broadcast journalist who has also earned distinction as the longest serving news anchor at a single television station in Connecticut. You will find her weekdays on Channel 3, anchoring the 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM and 6:00 PM newscasts.
Denise came to WFSB-TV in 1986 and through the years has been a steady and reassuring presence on the anchor desk, covering 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 also interviewed a number of celebrities, including Paul Newman, Bob Hope, Tony Bennett and Oprah Winfrey.
Denise also has a passion for health and medical reporting. She is the host of an Emmy award-winning prime time program, "Advancing Medicine", and has taken viewers inside the operating room at Hartford Hospital to observe breakthrough surgeries and cutting edge treatments.
In addition to six Emmys, including an Emmy for Best Anchor, Denise's reporting has also been honored with seven Associated Press awards and a prestigious national Gabriel Award. She has also been recognized for her work with a number of charities including the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Mary's Place and the Channel 3 Kids Camp.
It was marriage that brought Denise to Connecticut from Cleveland, Ohio where she anchored the top rated 6:00 and 11:00 newscasts at WJKW-TV. 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.
Denise became interested in journalism as a young child. She was born in Washington, DC and grew up in suburban Rockville, Maryland. 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 May of 2013, Denise was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Quinnipiac University. Denise and her husband, Wayne have a daughter, Kathryn who is 16 years old. In her free time, Denise enjoys family outings, swimming and hiking with her three dogs.