Tue, Jun 15 | Zoom

Meet the Media: Perfecting Your Pitch

Join us for face time with decision makers in the CT media landscape.
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Meet the Media: Perfecting Your Pitch

Time & Location

Jun 15, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT

About the Event

Join us for face time with decision makers in the Connecticut media landscape during this ticketed “lunch ‘n learn” Zoom event. You’ll come away with the following:

  • How can you break through the clutter and the newsroom gatekeepers to get your pitch noticed and selected for coverage?
  • What does each panelist’s station need to help it serve its constituents?
  • What should be in your media kit so that it’s as useful as possible?
  • Participate in the Q&A and establish a personal connection with our panelists, building or enhancing your contacts in the Connecticut media market.


This PRSA CT event will be held via Zoom and is $25 for PRSA members, $35 for non-members, and free for students (email admin@prsact.org for promo code). Registration is required. 

About the Panelists

Ted Koppy is an Anchor and Reporter for NBC Connecticut. He can be seen weekday mornings from 4:30 – 7 a.m. on NBC Connecticut Today alongside co-anchor Heidi Voight and First Alert Meteorologist Bob Maxon. Ted is a familiar face in Connecticut media. He’s worked in Connecticut since 2004, both at WTNH in New Haven and News 12 in Norwalk. He got his start in journalism in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and also worked as an anchor/reporter in Rochester, NY, Pittsburgh, PA and Phoenix, AZ. Over the course of time he’s covered some memorable stories, among them, President Bill Clinton’s State of the Union address on the heels of the Lewinsky scandal, and reporting from Shanksville, Pennsylvania during September 2001. Ted has won two Emmy awards and an Edward R. Murrow award. He’s been married for over 25 years. He and his wife live in Milford where they’ve raised their two daughters. He has no favorite news beat to cover; just loves “a good story.”

Renee DiNino is the Director of Community Affairs & On Air Programming for iHeartMedia in Connecticut, the midday host on The River 105.9 and host of an hour long syndicated talk show on all 10 CT iHeartRadio stations. Renee has received many accolades for her community service and has been awarded numerous Humanitarian Awards. Her most recent projects have included working with Connecticut Legislatures on the passing of an animal advocacy bill, working with Campaign for Bully Free Communities as an Ambassador, Children’s Causes and Literacy and Military/Veteran’s centered nonprofits. Renee is married to her very handsome husband, Sal and they have a furry child, the love of their life, a 100lb black shepherd rescued from the streets of Hartford, Luciano. When not at the station or at one of her many community events, she enjoys cooking, gardening and playing music. 

Jamie Calli is a Senior Producer at WFSB Channel 3, and Executive Producer of Better Connecticut. Jamie began her career at WFSB nearly 17 years ago, rising from Associate Producer, to Producer of various newscasts, to a News Manager and EP of Better Connecticut. Jamie also coordinates the station’s coverage of the Travelers Championship and oversees the Surprise Squad franchise. Jamie grew up in Waterbury and attended Sacred Heart High School, before receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Hofstra University. When she’s not doing the job she loves, Jamie can be found cheering on her kids at various sports fields. She is also an avid baker and home improvement addict. She is engaged to be married to Ronnie this August, and is a mom to Marcello, 13, and Giuliana, 11, as well as soon-to-be stepmom to Jeffrey, 14, and Jacob, 11.

If you’d like to watch our other Meet the Media webinars, they're available for purchase on our website: prsact.org/ondemandwebinars.

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About Mark Contreras

Mark Contreras is President and Chief Executive Officer of Connecticut Public, the NPR and PBS community licensee for Connecticut.


He came to public media after a long career in local, mission-oriented news organizations.


His interest in local journalism began during his work with U.S. Senator Paul Simon on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, DC.


Mark began his media career with Capital Cities/ABC, Inc and after a number of roles at several of their newspapers served as President and Publisher of The Times Leader newspaper in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.


He was then named Senior Vice President of Pulitzer Newspapers based in St. Louis, Missouri. In this role he had profit-and-loss responsibility for the newspapers and digital properties in 13 markets from Illinois to Hawaii. Pulitzer was a publicly-traded company with a controlling interest by the Pulitzer Family.


He then became the head of the newspaper division (SVP/Newspapers) of the E.W. Scripps Company based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Scripps newspapers and digital operations were the 10th largest publisher in the US and had markets from South Carolina to Washington state. The company was publicly-traded and controlled by the Scripps Family.

In 2011, he became the Chief Executive Officer of Calkins Media based in Levittown, Pennsylvania which owned 3 ABC affiliated television stations in Florida and Alabama and 5 newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The company was privately-held and owned by the Calkins Family. The company was sold in 2017.


In 2017, Contreras was then named Dean of the School of Communications of Quinnipiac University.


He joined Connecticut Public in March 2019. While serving as President and CEO of Connecticut Public, the organization has undergone a reinvestment in local reporting resources as well as significant digital transformation including publishing its content today over more than 48 platforms, up from 3 in 2019.


He served as a past or current board member of a variety of media organizations including the Newspaper Association of America (chairman), The American Press Institute (chairman), Cincinnati Public Radio, Futuro Media, GFR Media (based in San Juan, PR) and Woodward Communications, Inc (based in Dubuque, IA).


He holds an A.B. in History from the University of Chicago and an MBA from The Harvard Business School.

He was also named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.


His father is a Mexican immigrant and his mother and Irish-American school teacher.


Mark has been married to Marybeth Sughrue for 36 years and their son, Michael, lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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