Q&A: WTNH’s Teresa Dufour

Teresa Dufour, The Weekday Morning Traffic Reporter on News 8’s Good Morning Connecticut, after Teresa switches roles and hosts her show Connecticut Style.

 

> What inspired you to work in the news career?

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Since I was a child, I always wanted to be a reporter. I wanted to find a story and tell a story. I couldn’t picture myself sitting behind a desk, there’s something challenging and fun about live tv that keeps you on your toes.

> where did you attended college?

University of Connecticut, Storrs.


> Was being a journalist your first choice in your career?

Yes!

> How was your first experience as a Traffic Anchor?

I had been on TV for four years prior to reporting the traffic. It takes a little getting used to standing in front of the green screen, so, for about a month, people were patient with me, and then it clicked!

> How did you get into being a news junkie?

You have to find a passion and run with it. I like finding the facts and getting them out there.

> Were you nervous on the first day of the job?

Of course! I wasn’t just making a mistake at my job, I was making mistakes for the entire state to see on tv!

> As a morning Traffic anchor, is it difficult to wake up every morning so early?

I wake up at 3 each morning. It’s not fun. I’ve been doing it for 8 years now and you don’t ever really get used to it, but hey, I could be doing worse jobs!

> After college, where did you go from there?

After UCONN I worked behind the scenes at WFSB channel 3 and NBC30. I was a producer and worked at the assignment desk. I then took a job as a radio news anchor in Hartford, but really wanted to be on TV. My first TV job took me to Monroe, Louisiana where I was the anchor/producer for their 5pm and 9pm newscasts. After two years there, I was hired as a general assignment reporter back at WFSB 3. That eventually turned into traffic reporting. Four years ago I left Channel 3 and joined News 8 where I report the traffic on Good Morning CT and Host my show, Connecticut Style.

> Is anyone else in your family in the journalism business?

No

> Who choses your outfits? Is there a stylist on staff or do you get to pick your own clothes?

I pick and own all my own clothes. I try my best to mix and match and not wear the same thing in a month. I have a pretty big closet!

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