CEA extends our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of award-winning WFSB Channel 3 journalist and news anchor Denise D’Ascenzo, 61, who passed away unexpectedly this weekend.
D’Ascenzo greeted CEA members two weeks ago when they were interviewed at the WFSB studio about classroom safety and other issues. The interview stemmed from a statewide survey of teachers conducted by CEA and AFT in partnership with the news station.
“Denise was the very first person we encountered when we were led into the studio,” recalls CEA Secretary Stephanie Wanzer. “As we approached, she stood from her desk and asked, ‘Are you the teachers?’ When we said yes, she welcomed us with the biggest smile. She raised her hands, applauded, and thanked teachers for all the hard work we do every day for the children of Connecticut. She was so gracious, and we felt like we were the celebrities. It was a real moment, and her passing is such a tragedy for all of us.”