Erin Connolly

 

An Emmy-nominated journalist who has been anchoring and reporting across the country for more than 15 years, Erin Connolly joined WFSB (CBS), Connecticut’s most watched television station in 2014 and can be seen weekdays anchoring Eyewitness News at 4, 5, 6 and 11 p.m. She was recognized as a “40 Under Forty Awards” honoree for the Hartford Business Journal in 2020 and for Connecticut Magazine and The Irish Echo, the country’s oldest Irish American newspaper, in 2021. She also received the “Irish Heritage Award” from The Irish Echo. During her time at WFSB, Erin had the opportunity to cover Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, the 2016 Presidential Debate at Hofstra University in New York and the Traveler's Championship. As a member of the station's investigative unit, she helped spearhead the series, Fugitive Files, which highlighted local cold cases. The stories resulted in multiple arrests and brought justice to several families. One of her proudest professional accomplishments came in 2017 when she was able to share the story of a local man in desperate need of a liver. A viewer saw Erin’s piece and made the selfless decision to donate her organ and save the man's life. Erin was able to reunite the pair following the surgery, and they are now friends for life. An active volunteer, she has helped raise money for many Connecticut organizations and charities.

Prior to arriving in Connecticut, Erin was an anchor and reporter for Time Warner Cable News in Albany, New York. She covered some major political stories at the New York State Capitol including several Presidential visits. Some of her favorite assignments include reporting from the Travers Stakes in Saratoga Springs, the New York State Fair in Syracuse, and the men’s NCAA Final Four Basketball tournament in Atlanta. Erin also served as an anchor and reporter for WCTI (ABC/FOX) in New Bern, North Carolina and KEYC (CBS/FOX) in Mankato, Minnesota. Her first job in the television business was at the nationally syndicated hit television show, Inside Edition. As a story coordinator, Erin worked in a fast-paced newsroom booking multiple exclusives and had the opportunity to interview a number of news personalities and celebrities at red carpet events, including: Walter Cronkite, Elton John, John Travolta, Gayle King, Jon Bon Jovi, and Billy Joel.

A graduate of Tufts University with a degree in political science and mass media & communications studies, Erin was co-captain of the women's basketball team and honored on the NESCAC All-Academic Team. She made 99 three-pointers during her four-year career with the Jumbos to rank 12th on the team's all-time list for that category. She was also the Vice President of her freshman class, a Chi Omega sorority sister, a viewpoint columnist for the Tufts Daily, a campus tour guide, an anchor/reporter for TUTV News, and the co-host of a television dating show. Erin studied abroad in Talloires, France. In her professional capacity, Erin served as the MC of the Tufts Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Dinner in 2019.

Erin was the captain of her soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams at Syosset High School and was voted Best Female Athlete of her senior class. She is a former New York State free throw champion. Born and raised on Long Island, Erin is excited to be in the Tri-State area close to her family and friends. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, shopping, and playing sports. Erin loves living in Connecticut with her husband and two daughters.

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