Meet the Hosts and Reporters of All Things Connecticut
Matt Roberts is no stranger to Connecticut, serving as the official in-game host for the WNBA's Connecticut Sun since 2008, performing as an original cast member in both productions of Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas at Goodspeed and presenting his unique one-man show at events throughout the state for clients including Pepperidge Farm, People's United Insurance Agency, Mystic Seaport and The Benton Museum of Art, who booked Matt as their fundraising gala's headline performer at UCONN's Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. Learn more about Matt Roberts at www.AllThingsMatt.com
Eric Clemons returns as host of “Inside Out,” a segment exploring the unique sporting activities cropping up throughout Connecticut. Eric has vast experience as an American sportscaster, having produced reports for ESPN, FOX News, BET, and NFL Play-by-Play. He is also nationally recognized for his work with Sports Center and his sideline NFL reporting. Eric uses this expertise to explore all the ways that Connecticut residents enjoy “the great outdoors.”
Christina DeFranco continues to help viewers “go green” in innovative new ways with her “Treading Lightly” segment. Christina is an Emmy-Award winning journalist with over 20 years of experience in broadcast news, having served as a reporter at WTNH-TV (New Haven, CT), ABC (New Haven, CT), and WTIC-TV, Fox (Hartford, CT). Christinabrings this experience and intimate knowledge of the state to her eco-minded reports on All Things Connecticut.
Ed Wierzbicki continues to bring a touch of artistic class to All Things Connecticut with his third season as host and producer of Spotlight On The Arts, the Emmy nominated series about Connecticut’s artists and performers who are making an impact. Since 1998, Ed's award winning stories and specials on the arts, education, and culture have appeared on CPTV, and in publications such as American Theatre magazine. His professional work as a theatre director and educator includes Seven Angels Theatre; NaugatuckValleyCollege; Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts; and the New York International Fringe Festival.
A recent addition to the All Things Connecticut team, Brian Scott-Smith produces and hosts the exciting new “Treasure Hunt” segment, which highlights some of the most unique antiques discovered at the Connecticut Treasure Hunt. Brian has served as a television and radio journalist and producer for many years for the world famous BBC and other well-known TV and radio organizations in his native UK. Brian brings a fresh and new approach to CPTV and now lives in the vibrant city of New Haven, making him a Connecticut local.
Diane Smith has been on the air in Connecticut since 1982 and returns with her series Positively Connecticut, which has been seen on CPTV for ten years. Diane is the author of four books based on the series and “Seasons of Connecticut” will be published in June 2010.
Diane is active in promoting Connecticut business and tourism, and is being honored with the 2010 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Culture and Tourism.
Diane was co-host of the top rated Morning Show on WTIC-AM News Talk 1080 with Ray Dunaway and she anchored and reported the news at WTNH-TV in New Haven.
Connecticut native Jason Hawkins began his television career as a writer and producer for national networks including HGTV, the Food Network, and the Discovery Channel. Jason then moved in front of the camera, hosting food and restaurant segments for a popular Boston food show, appearing in a number of commercials, and lending his voice to Food Network specials. Jason’s love of food and storytelling led him to create and host CPTV's restaurant series Eating CT, which received two New England Emmy Awards and earned him a nomination for his work as host. Now the host of All Things Connecticut, Hawkins continues to report from locations around the state – and always with his trademark sense of enthusiasm.