CT Journalism Hall of Fame: Tom Monahan
Tom Monahan has spent almost 40 years as a journalist. His career started at radio at stations in Massachusetts and Connecticut. He has been at WVIT-TV for 30 years. He has covered hundreds major stories in the state. From storms to murders to sports Tom has been on the scene. He has won three Emmys, the first in 1984 for his coverage of the Steven Wood homicide trial. He won another for a series on drunken driving. But it is his reporting on politics that has made perhaps the biggest impact.
He was the first to report that Al Gore had chosen Senator Joe Lieberman as his vice presidential running mate. He is credited with being first with the news the New England Patriots were coming to Hartford, and the first to report they were pulling out. He also broke the news the Whalers National Hockey League team was leaving Hartford. Tom is co-host of “Connecticut Newsmakers” on Channel 30 where he interviews politicians and government leaders every week. He won the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle Award in New England for his long career to contributions to television news. Tom attended Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford. He and his wife Nancy live in the greater Hartford area. He is on the air daily with stories from the Statehouse and beyond.