West Hartford, CT - NBC Connecticut / WVIT announced on Monday that Matt Piacente will serve as the station’s Vice President of News, overseeing the news team for the NBC-owned station. Piacente joins the station from NBC 5 / WMAQ in Chicago.
For the past 15 years, Piacente has served as a newsroom leader at WMAQ in several roles, including Executive Producer of News and Special Projects and his most recent post as Manager of News and Content Development. In addition, he has held key producer positions at Chicago’s ABC7, WGN, and CLTV.
“Matt’s robust experience overseeing breaking news, investigative reports, election coverage and severe weather make him a perfect fit to lead the NBC Connecticut news team,” said Ric Harris, NBC Connecticut President and General Manager. “Our viewers look to us to be Connecticut’s first and best choice for local news across all platforms and we are confident that Matt’s vision and leadership will provide viewers exactly what they are looking for from NBC Connecticut.”
Piacente, a winner of 18 Chicago Midwest Emmy awards, replaces Mike St. Peter who recently was named General Manager of New England Cable News, also owned by NBCUniversal.
Piacente begins at NBC Connecticut on Monday, February 10th.
About NBC Connecticut
Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC Connecticut (WVIT-TV) serves its viewers by producing local news and information across multiple platforms, including more than 35 hours of newscasts a week on WVIT, news segments on COZI TV and online at NBCConnecticut.com. The station serves as the Connecticut leader in Facebook and Twitter followers and provides mobile users on-the-go breaking news updates and weather information through customized applications. NBC Connecticut’s commitment to excellence in journalism has been recognized with numerous Emmy Awards and the prestigious Peabody Award. NBC Connecticut partners with local organizations through its signature Partners in a Caring Community initiative to proudly invest in the community it serves.