About

Kenn Venit, a native of Philadelphia, PA, is a former Connecticut TV news personality who became a broadcast & cable TV consultant in 1982. He has worked at channels 3, 8, and 30, is president of a consulting & media training company, and serves as an adjunct associate professor in the School of Communications. Kenn teaches a First Amendment course at SCSU, and communications courses in Albertus Magnus College's New Dimensions Program. He serves as an instructor for QU's annual High School TV News Institute, and for QU's Sports Broadcast Workshops for Professional Athletes. Kenn and his wife of 40 years, Bonni, have been residents of Hamden since 1972. They have two married daughters and six grandchildren --all live close to the QU campus. Kenn is also: President, CT Pro Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists; National Professional Development Committee Member of the Society of Professional Journalists; Board Member, Connecticut Television Network (CT-N; Member, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; Member, American Federation of Television & Radio Artists; Associate Member, Radio-TV News Directors Association; Associate Member, Connecticut Broadcasters Association; Associate Publisher & Executive Managing Editor, State’s Most Wanted News, CT’s Crime Prevention Newspaper; Member, American Association of University Professors; Member, Broadcast Education Association; Member Investigative Reporters & Editors; Judge for Miss Connecticut (Miss America Organization) local pageants; Host, QU Webcast sports interview programs; Anchor, Election Night Coverage, and Moderator, Election Debates, for North Haven TV18; and Team Videographer for Hamden Squirts "A" Ice Hockey.

Courses Taught

JRN 160 Introduction to Newswriting - Spring 2006 JRN 263 Broadcast News Writing - Fall 2005 JRN 395 Broadcast Performance - Fall 2005 JRN 395 Broadcast Performance - Spring 2006 JRN 524 Broadcast Journalism - Fall 2005 JRN 532 Advanced TV News Production - Spring 2006

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KENN VENIT 185 Daniel Road Hamden, CT 06517-2211 (203) 281-6296 fax:(203) 281-0556 cellular: (203) 627-6047 kvenit@snet.net President, Kenn Venit & Associates, Hamden, CT. Broadcast and cable news consulting, coaching for all tv news personnel, NewsTemp, media training, focus group research, critique & analysis of newscasts and local programming, strategic promotion, professional development seminars, talent development, expert witness. November 1998 – present Associate Publisher/ Executive Managing Editor, State’s Most Wanted, New Haven, CT. Supervise content, layout, and team of freelance reporters for a monthly newspaper dedicated to crime prevention and crime fighting in Connecticut. June 2004 - present Vice president/ senior consultant, Primo Newservice, Inc., Old Greenwich, CT. Responsible for broadcast and cable news consulting, coaching and focus group services for over 160 clients from coast-to-coast. June 1982 – November 1998 Executive producer, managing editor, producer, anchor, reporter, weathercaster. WTNH-TV, New Haven – Hartford, CT. (CapCities Communications, Inc.) Also served as legislative correspondent, consumer reporter, feature reporter, weathercaster, program host/producer, staff announcer. May 1971 – June 1982 Producer, assignment editor, general assignment reporter, weekend sportscaster. WNHC-TV-AM-FM, New Haven – Hartford, CT. (Triangle Publications, Inc.) January 1970 – May 1971 Producer, writer, general assignment reporter, WTIC-TV-AM-FM, Hartford – New Haven CT, (Travelers Broadcasting Corp.) May 1969 – January 1970 Assistant assignment editor, investigative unit producer, field producer, writer, WFIL-TV-AM-FM, Philadelphia, PA. (Triangle Publications, Inc.) June 1968 – May 1969 News director, reporter, producer, director, writer, staff announcer, WRTI-FM, Philadelphia, PA. (Temple University) September 1962 – June 1968 SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS Moderator, 87th Legislative District Live Debate, North Haven TV, October 5, 2004. Co-Anchor, Local Election Coverage, North Haven TV, November 2, 2005 Writing Coach, July 2003, December 2003, August 2004, July 2005, WFSB-TV Hartford. Judge, 2001 & 2002 Golden Mike Awards, Radio-TV News Assn. of So. California. Consulting News Executive, July – October 2001, WVIT-TV (NBC30) Hartford, CT. Filled in to work on content and promotion while news director was on maternity leave, and executive producer search was conducted. (continued) Kenn Venit / Page Two SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS (continued) Interim/Acting Assistant News Director & Nightside Executive Producer, November 2000 WVIT-TV (NBC30) Hartford, CT. Worked with Vice President/ News Liz Grey to provide added management during ratings month. (Coincidentally, station had highest ratings in its history.) RTNDA National Convention (Minneapolis) Coaching Corner, September 2000 One of seven talent coaches selected to work with news directors in analyzing tapes of their on-air personnel. (Also selected for the 2001 Convention, cancelled due to 9/11) Interim/Acting News Director, August - September 2000 WXVT-TV (CBS 15)Greenville-Greenwood, MS Filled in as news director while search was conducted for news director/anchor. Consulting News Executive, July - September 1999 WVIT-TV (NBC 30) Hartford, CT. Filled in for Vice President/News Liz Grey when she took maternity leave. EDUCATION Master of Science Degree in Communications, Temple University, June 1968. (Majored in journalism.) Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Temple University, June 1966. (Majored in radio-television-film/ journalism.) Student participant in 3-day “Writing Across the Curriculum” workshop, Quinnipiac U. May 2005 TEACHING EXPERIENCE Adjunct associate professor of communications, Quinnipiac U., Hamden, CT. January 2001 – May 2001, August 2002 – Present Adjunct professor of journalism, Southern CT State U., New Haven, CT January 2004 – Present. Adjunct instructor in communications, Albertus Magnus College New Dimensions Program, New Haven, CT, April 2003 – Present Television news lecturer-in-residence, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. December 1-4, 1993 Adjunct instructor in television performance, Quinnipiac College, Hamden, CT. January 1982 – June 1982 Adjunct instructor in television performance, So. CT. State U., New Haven, CT. January 1980 – June 1981 Adjunct instructor in electronic news gathering, U. of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT. September 1979 – January 1980 (continued) Kenn Venit / Page Three AWARDS 2004 Nominee, Excellence in Teaching and Service to Students Award, Quinnipiac Univ. 2000-2001 President’s Award, Society of Professional Journalists, CT Chapter. “For Outstanding Service.” (First person to receive this Award for a second time.) 1999 Emerson College / Radio TV News Directors Association Lifetime Achievement Award. “For being a visionary in the field of broadcast journalism, for upholding the highest ethical standards, for achieving excellence in journalism, and for making a significant difference in the lives of those he counsels.” 1998-99 Silver Circle (Lifetime Achievement) Boston / New England Chapter, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “For service to television, the community, and to people training for careers in television or related fields.” 1993-94 President’s Award, Society of Professional Journalists, CT Chapter. “For outstanding service.” 1988 President’s Club, Radio-Television News Directors Association. “For active and direct support of RTNDA growth and progress.” (continued) 1988 Hamden “Notables” Citation, Hamden, CT. “For public service.” 1987 Award of Merit, Congregation Mishkan Israel, Hamden. CT. “For community service.” 1983 First Prize, Society of Professional Journalists, Connecticut Chapter. “For newspaper editorial page column: ‘A Christmas Trilogy.’ ” 1982 Emmy Nomination, Boston / New England Chapter. National Academy of Television Arts & Science. Spot news coverage: “New Haven Mental Health Center Hostage Situation.” 1982 First Prize, Society of Professional Journalists, Connecticut Chapter. TV spot news coverage: “New Haven Mental Health Center Hostage Situation.” 1981 First Place, New England United Press International. “Best complete newscast.” (Executive producer) 1981 Honorable Mention, Society of Professional Journalists, CT Chapter. TV general reporting: “The Frozen Connecticut River.” 1981 Honorable Mention, Society of Professional Journalists, CT Chapter. TV spot news: “Gov. Ella Grasso Burial.” 1980 Honorable Mention, Society of Professional Journalists, CT Chapter. TV general reporting: “Yankee Traveler” segment: “Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg.” 1980 Honorable Mention, Society of Professional Journalists, CT Chapter. TV general reporting/ series: “Viet Nam: The War That Won’t End.” 1979 Honorable Mention, Society of Professional Journalists, CT Chapter. TV human interest reporting/ series: “Yankee Traveler.” 1978 Outstanding Achievement Award, Connecticut Associated Press. Cooperative news reporting. 1978 First Prize, Society of Professional Journalists, Connecticut Chapter. TV spot news reporting: “New York City Blackout.” 1977 First Place, Society of Professional Journalists, Connecticut Chapter. TV feature news reporting: “Yankee Traveler” series. (continued) Kenn Venit / Page Four AWARDS (Continued) 1977 Outstanding Achievement Award, Connecticut Associated Press. Cooperative news reporting. 1977 Citation for Excellence, New England United Press International. TV best news story: “Wreck of the Argo Merchant.” 1977 First Prize, Society of Professional Journalists, Connecticut Chapter. TV spot news reporting: “Wreck of the Argo Merchant.” 1977 Emmy Nomination, Boston / New England Chapter, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. TV spot news reporting: “Wreck of the Argo Merchant.” AWARDS (special note) 1998 Best Newscast, RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Region 3, Markets 51+, KOAM-TV, Pittsburg, KS / Joplin, MO (147th market). (This was for a special themed 6 p.m newscast on June 25, 1998, which I conceived and formatted as part of a station visit. The broadcast featured a field anchor doing live reports from a car with the windows rolled up during a heat wave. EMTs were present, and they ordered the anchor to leave the car, during a commercial break, fifteen minutes into the newscast. This demonstrated the danger of leaving children and pets in such circumstances. The newscast contained several heat-related hard-news stories and features.) AFFILIATIONS Society of Professional Journalists, member. Currently president of CT Chapter and Region One Representative, National Professional Development Committee. Broadcast Education Association, member. Investigative Reporters & Editors, member. Radio-Television News Directors Association, associate member. Boston/New England Chapter, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, member. American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, member. Connecticut Broadcasters Association, associate member Illinois News Broadcasters Association, associate member Broadcast Promotion & Marketing Executives/ PROMAX, former member. Multiple Sclerosis Society of South/East Connecticut, past chairman. Temple University Alumni Club of Connecticut, past president. Temple University Order of the Owl (for “Distinguished Alumni”). Mason & Shriner. Miss Connecticut (Miss America) Scholarship Program, publicity committee member. Also serve as judge for local pageants, as well as master of ceremonies. (continued) Kenn Venit / Page Five PRODUCER/ PRESENTER Radio-Television News Directors Association National and Regional Conventions Society of Professional Journalists National and Regional Conventions National Academy of Cable Programming Annual Local Programming Seminars Cox Cable Public Affairs Conference “Creating Compelling Local-Origination Programming To Complement Public Affairs, Marketing, and Commercial Sales.” Media One Cable National Sales Group Television Production Workshops: “Working Smarter, Not Harder.” Broadcast Promotion & Marketing Executives/ PROMAX National Conventions University of Rhode Island Honors Colloquium on Global News Brigham Young University Symposium on “The Future of Television News” Broadcast Education Association National Conventions Media Training Seminars for Municipal Officials & Employees, Union Officials, Community Policing Officials, Police Academy Recruits, Political Candidates, Hospital Administrators & Medical Personnel, Civic Leaders, Corporate Executives, TV Station Executives, and Cable TV Public Access Talent Quinnipiac University High School TV News Institutes for juniors and seniors. Quinnipiac University Media Training Seminars for administrators, faculty, and staff. Quinnipiac University / National Hockey League Players Association “Broadcast Camp.” Southern Connecticut State University seminars for education majors on “The Effects of Media on Children” and “Violence in Schools: What Can Be Done?”

Honors & Awards

2004 Nominee, Excellence in Teaching and Service to Students Award, Quinnipiac Univ. 2000-2001 President’s Award, Society of Professional Journalists, CT Chapter. “For Outstanding Service.” (First person to receive this Award for a second time.) 1999 Emerson College / Radio TV News Directors Association Lifetime Achievement Award. “For being a visionary in the field of broadcast journalism, for upholding the highest ethical standards, for achieving excellence in journalism, and for making a significant difference in the lives of those he counsels.” 1998-99 Silver Circle (Lifetime Achievement) Boston / New England Chapter, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “For service to television, the community, and to people training for careers in television or related fields.” 1993-94 President’s Award, Society of Professional Journalists, CT Chapter. “For outstanding service.” 1988 President’s Club, Radio-Television News Directors Association. “For active and direct support of RTNDA growth and progress.” (continued) 1988 Hamden “Notables” Citation, Hamden, CT. “For public service.” 1987 Award of Merit, Congregation Mishkan Israel, Hamden. CT. “For community service.” 1983 First Prize, Society of Professional Journalists, Connecticut Chapter. “For newspaper editorial page column: ‘A Christmas Trilogy.’ ” 1982 Emmy Nomination, Boston / New England Chapter. National Academy of Television Arts & Science. Spot news coverage: “New Haven Mental Health Center Hostage Situation.” 1982 First Prize, Society of Professional Journalists, Connecticut Chapter. TV spot news coverage: “New Haven Mental Health Center Hostage Situation.” 1981 First Place, New England United Press International. “Best complete newscast.” (Executive producer) 1981 Honorable Mention, Society of Professional Journalists, CT Chapter. TV general reporting: “The Frozen Connecticut River.” 1981 Honorable Mention, Society of Professional Journalists, CT Chapter. TV spot news: “Gov. Ella Grasso Burial.” 1980 Honorable Mention, Society of Professional Journalists, CT Chapter. TV general reporting: “Yankee Traveler” segment: “Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg.” 1980 Honorable Mention, Society of Professional Journalists, CT Chapter. TV general reporting/ series: “Viet Nam: The War That Won’t End.” 1979 Honorable Mention, Society of Professional Journalists, CT Chapter. TV human interest reporting/ series: “Yankee Traveler.” 1978 Outstanding Achievement Award, Connecticut Associated Press. Cooperative news reporting. 1978 First Prize, Society of Professional Journalists, Connecticut Chapter. TV spot news reporting: “New York City Blackout.” 1977 First Place, Society of Professional Journalists, Connecticut Chapter. TV feature news reporting: “Yankee Traveler” series. (continued) Kenn Venit / Page Four AWARDS (Continued) 1977 Outstanding Achievement Award, Connecticut Associated Press. Cooperative news reporting. 1977 Citation for Excellence, New England United Press International. TV best news story: “Wreck of the Argo Merchant.” 1977 First Prize, Society of Professional Journalists, Connecticut Chapter. TV spot news reporting: “Wreck of the Argo Merchant.” 1977 Emmy Nomination, Boston / New England Chapter, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. TV spot news reporting: “Wreck of the Argo Merchant.” AWARDS (special note) 1998 Best Newscast, RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Region 3, Markets 51+, KOAM-TV, Pittsburg, KS / Joplin, MO (147th market). (This was for a special themed 6 p.m newscast on June 25, 1998, which I conceived and formatted as part of a station visit. The broadcast featured a field anchor doing live reports from a car with the windows rolled up during a heat wave. EMTs were present, and they ordered the anchor to leave the car, during a commercial break, fifteen minutes into the newscast. This demonstrated the danger of leaving children and pets in such circumstances. The newscast contained several heat-related hard-news stories and features.) AFFILIATIONS Society of Professional Journalists, member. Currently president of CT Chapter and Region One Representative, National Professional Development Committee. Broadcast Education Association, member. Investigative Reporters & Editors, member. Radio-Television News Directors Association, associate member. Boston/New England Chapter, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, member. American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, member. Connecticut Broadcasters Association, associate member Illinois News Broadcasters Association, associate member Broadcast Promotion & Marketing Executives/ PROMAX, former member. Multiple Sclerosis Society of South/East Connecticut, past chairman. Temple University Alumni Club of Connecticut, past president. Temple University Order of the Owl (for “Distinguished Alumni”). Mason & Shriner. Miss Connecticut (Miss America) Scholarship Program, publicity committee member. Also serve as judge for local pageants, as well as master of ceremonies. (continued) Kenn Venit / Page Five PRODUCER/ PRESENTER Radio-Television News Directors Association National and Regional Conventions Society of Professional Journalists National and Regional Conventions National Academy of Cable Programming Annual Local Programming Seminars Cox Cable Public Affairs Conference “Creating Compelling Local-Origination Programming To Complement Public Affairs, Marketing, and Commercial Sales.” Media One Cable National Sales Group Television Production Workshops: “Working Smarter, Not Harder.” Broadcast Promotion & Marketing Executives/ PROMAX National Conventions University of Rhode Island Honors Colloquium on Global News Brigham Young University Symposium on “The Future of Television News” Broadcast Education Association National Conventions Media Training Seminars for Municipal Officials & Employees, Union Officials, Community Policing Officials, Police Academy Recruits, Political Candidates, Hospital Administrators & Medical Personnel, Civic Leaders, Corporate Executives, TV Station Executives, and Cable TV Public Access Talent Quinnipiac University High School TV News Institutes for juniors and seniors. Quinnipiac University Media Training Seminars for administrators, faculty, and staff. Quinnipiac University / National Hockey League Players Association “Broadcast Camp.” Southern Connecticut State University seminars for education majors on “The Effects of Media on Children” and “Violence in Schools: What Can Be Done?”

Educational Background

Master of Science Degree in Communications, Temple University, June 1968. (Majored in journalism.) Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Temple University, June 1966. (Majored in radio-television-film/ journalism.) Student participant in 3-day “Writing Across the Curriculum” workshop, Quinnipiac U. May 2005

Significant Administrative Duties

Academic Advisor, QU School of Communications, 2005 - present

Selected Workshops & Presentations

PRODUCER/ PRESENTER Radio-Television News Directors Association National and Regional Conventions Society of Professional Journalists National and Regional Conventions National Academy of Cable Programming Annual Local Programming Seminars Cox Cable Public Affairs Conference “Creating Compelling Local-Origination Programming To Complement Public Affairs, Marketing, and Commercial Sales.” Media One Cable National Sales Group Television Production Workshops: “Working Smarter, Not Harder.” Broadcast Promotion & Marketing Executives/ PROMAX National Conventions University of Rhode Island Honors Colloquium on Global News Brigham Young University Symposium on “The Future of Television News” Broadcast Education Association National Conventions Media Training Seminars for Municipal Officials & Employees, Union Officials, Community Policing Officials, Police Academy Recruits, Political Candidates, Hospital Administrators & Medical Personnel, Civic Leaders, Corporate Executives, TV Station Executives, and Cable TV Public Access Talent Quinnipiac University High School TV News Institutes for juniors and seniors. Quinnipiac University Media Training Seminars for administrators, faculty, and staff. Quinnipiac University / National Hockey League Players Association “Broadcast Camp.” Southern Connecticut State University seminars for education majors on “The Effects of Media on Children” and “Violence in Schools: What Can Be Done?”