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WLIS, WFSB Executives Named to Task Force

Conn. Public Information Task Force to examine public information and privacy

Don DeCesare

Two leaders of the Connecticut Broadcasters Association have been named to a new 17-person state task force on public information and privacy.

Don DeCesare and Klarn DePalma are two of four media members appointed to the task force by the Connecticut Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, as part of the state’s Newtown public records legislation.

Don DeCesare is president and general manager of WLIS(AM), Old Saybrook, Conn. and WMRD(AM), Middletown, Conn. The Norwalk, Conn. resident chaired the CBA from 2005 to 2007, during which time the association led the effort to adopt a state shield law.

Klarn DePalma is vice president and general manager of WFSB(TV), Hartford, Conn. and WSHM(TV), Springfield, Mass. He also oversees the national sales team for the local media group of the stations’ parent company, Meredith Corp. The Cheshire, Conn. resident chairs the CBA. He is also a faculty member at Howard University.

Klarn DePalma

DeCesare and DePalma are joined on the new task force by Brian Koonz, metro editor for the Connecticut Post in Bridgeport, andJodie Mozdzer Gil, president of the Connecticut SPJ Board and assistant professor of multimedia journalism at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Conn.

The task force includes 13 other members. The Connecticut Speaker of the House and Senate President will select two chairpersons for the committee.

The task force is asked to meet between July 1, 2013 and Jan. 1, 2014, at which point a report with recommendations will be sent to the Connecticut General Assembly.