HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — news 8 is sending heat needs to Mark Davis, who announced on Monday that he’s retiring from broadcast journalism after greater than 50 years.
Davis, a multi-Emmy Award-winning Chief Political Correspondent, labored for information 8 for essentially 37 years.
“Labor Day of 1966 became the first time I stepped foot in a broadcasting station, and that i nevertheless get pleasure from this enterprise daily,” he as soon as advised news eight. “I bought my first true job on the radio in the summer of 1967 whereas still in school…holy smokes!”
Davis took a leave of absence in March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. while he and his wife, Betsy, are in good fitness, Davis stated he sees “no protected course back to work” because of his age and has decided to retire.
right through his departure, Davis thanked his co-people and viewers for his or her assist and interest through the years.
“i would like to thank my co-worker’s previous and present, and particularly Photographer Joe Sferrazza for assisting me appear decent (in many approaches) over the last 36 years. Most of all i would like to thank the viewers for their persevered support over the decades.”
Davis kept his upbeat and humorous perspective, even while sharing the somber information.
“On a personal notice, for the first time in additional than 50 years, i was in a position to reside home on election nighttime and watch a film. It turned into superb!”
Mark is a legend. he is the dean of politics. What a great career and body of labor. We, at information eight, are grateful for his effort, ardour and commitment for the last 37 years and wish him and his household fitness, security and happiness in the years ahead.
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Davis got here to Connecticut in 1980 from the Boston area where he had been an award-successful radio news director and talk demonstrate host for more than 10 years. He spent a number of years protecting the Massachusetts State Capitol within the early 1970s and turned into an administrative assistant to the Massachusetts State Senate.
He co-hosted the state’s first Saturday morning information/counsel/magazine software, “respectable Morning Connecticut,” and has stuffed several anchor slots on a considerable number of versions of information 8. for most of the Eighties, he might also be heard on the optimum-rated weeknight radio name-in program in Connecticut, “Dial Mark Davis” on WTIC AM.
Diane Smith, former information 8 anchor recalls the time when Davis changed into employed: “My information director says ‘we’re bringing in Mark Davis’ and that i talked about ‘he’s a radio talk reveal host, he doesn’t recognize the way to do television.’”
Former co-anchor Smith says Davis realized speedy: “He has held so many politicians toes to the hearth, it’s awesome. Yet all of them appreciate him,” added Smith.
some of the promotional segments touted the veteran newsman as, “action news 8’s Mark Davis isn’t all the time a welcome sight to politicians.”
Davis all the time had the first query at a press convention – a sign of his grit.
That longevity spanned a few administrations from Governors Ella Grasso, William O’Neil, Lowell Weicker, the place Mark become within the thick of it. chiefly, the day of the big tax rally at the Capitol when Weicker tried to get into his motor vehicle. Davis additionally lined Governor’s John Rowland, Jodi Rell, Dannel Malloy, and now Ned Lamont.
Davis was first to document what many consider Connecticut’s greatest political story of the last decade: The resignation of Governor John Rowland in June of 2004.
always through his facet shooting the story, photographer extraordinaire – Joe Sferrazza. That group will in no way be the equal.
linked: Mark Davis Celebrates 50 Years in Broadcasting with a facebook Q&A
before he left, he became masking groundbreaking concerns in the state such as the “vans simplest” toll plan and the talk surrounding non secular exemptions for childhood vaccinations in Connecticut schools.
The hallowed halls of the State Capitol should not the identical devoid of our buddy, Mark Davis, masking politics.
He changed into voted most suitable local tv reporter in the state two years in a row via the readers of “Connecticut magazine.”
Governor Ned Lamont mentioned Davis’ retirement intended Connecticut changed into “losing a titan in journalism.”
greater about Davis’ very own pursuits and movements will also be discovered under this station biography.
whereas news eight is gloomy to see him go, we’re wishing him the better of good fortune on his next adventure. Thanks for nearly 40 extraordinary years!
news 8’s ‘Capitol file’ Producer Jon Rosen spent several campaign cycles with Davis travelling to New Hampshire for the presidential primaries and past. “in any case these years that I’ve labored with him, I don’t have any thought the place he stands on the political spectrum. That’s what makes him an excellent reporter is that he basically turned into a person who showed no bias in his reporting.”
Bob Picozzi, who changed into a sportscaster at news eight from 1977-ninety seven, observed, in part, of Davis on social media, “he is the epitome of a journalist. He proven each day that data generated with the aid of smartly-developed, related, and professional sources isn’t false news. He wasn’t the Enemy of the American individuals. He changed into a newsman…one who ran circles round his competitors and earned the timeless respect of his colleagues, his opponents, and the people he coated…”
Davis even acquired warm wishes from Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz.
in addition to U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal.
Senate Republican chief Len Fasano (R-North Haven) also released an announcement on Davis’ retirement:
“Mark Davis is a powerhouse political reporter who has served as a depended on source of information for many years. In all my years at the Capitol, Mark has always labored totally complicated and pursued the records to share with his viewers. He played an quintessential role in getting tips from state govt to the general public, asking the difficult questions, and bringing the reality to the individuals. It became tradition on the Capitol that Mark would ask the first question at any press conference he attended, which speaks to the recognize he held in the building. i do know he could be deeply neglected through his colleagues, his viewers and via all those on the Capitol who came to understand him over the years. I wish him and his family all of the finest in retirement.
CT legal professional accepted William Tong additionally extended his congratulations to Davis Monday afternoon:
“Congratulations to Mark Davis on his retirement. Mark has at all times been very form to me and beneficiant with his time. He in no way pulled his punches and that i anticipated complicated questions from him. As a thoughtful and thorough journalist, Mark always gave me the time and area to focus on and clarify my method to often complex prison and public policy concerns. Plus, he’s constantly good for a humorous quip or sarcastic apart, which at all times put me at ease, notably in a demanding or intricate second. Mark changed into also a useful useful resource, having viewed it all in Connecticut politics. I often requested him what he notion of a particular circumstance, and he would offer some meaningful insight or standpoint. I want to thank Mark for his many years-long carrier to our state and need him all of the choicest in his subsequent chapter.”
Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) additionally launched a press release following the announcement of Davis’s retirement:
“Mark Davis has been a legend in political journalism in Connecticut over the direction of my profession. He asked the challenging questions but turned into always reasonable, forthright, and concentrated. I desire him and his wife Betsy the superior as he begins his retirement.”