Al Terzi Biography, Age, Education, Career, Military servive, Retire

Al Terzi is an American journalist who is a news anchor who works for WTIC-TV. Terzi has worked in Connecticut for all but two years since 1968. He is considered “the Dean of Connecticut news anchors.”

Al Terzi Biography

Al Terzi is an American journalist who is a news anchor who works for WTIC-TV. Terzi has worked in Connecticut for all but two years since 1968. He is considered “the Dean of Connecticut news anchors.”

Al Terzi Age

Terzi is 72 years old.

Al Terzi Wife

Terzi said he began thinking about scaling back his career a few months ago when he and his wife Carolyn began making travel plans for their 50th wedding anniversary this year

Al Terzi Education

Terzi earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Languages (Chinese and Korean), from Charter Oak State College following studies at Yale University and Central Connecticut State University. Al also holds a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford, CT.

Al Terzi Career

Terzi began with WTIC/WTIC-FM/WTIC-TV in June 1968 as a staff announcer. The station was owned by Travelers Insurance. When the Washington Post bought the station in 1973, Terzi remained as newscaster and talk show host. He was the original host when the New England Journal, a one-hour daily talk show, debuted in 1974.

Terzi continued as news co-anchor until he left in June 1978 and then became News Anchor, then News Director, at WPEC-TV12 (ABC) in West Palm Beach, FL.

In October 1978, Terzi was seriously injured when the twin-engine Cessna he piloted, with 4 other WPEC senior staff on board, had engine/fuel problems on approach to the Tallahassee, FL airport.

He was forced to make an emergency landing in a small clearing, in the Apalachicola National Forest, south of the airport.

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During the landing, Terzi was seriously injured and knocked unconscious, when his face slammed into the plane’s instrument panel. The other occupants, who were also injured, exited the plane and moved away from it, in case a fire broke out. They had left Terzi inside the plane.

One of the passengers said it was assumed that he was dead, because of his severe bleeding and the fact that he was not moving.

He soon regained consciousness, exited the plane on his own and joined the passengers who were awaiting medical help. After several surgeries, over a period of several months, Terzi returned to the anchor desk in May 1979.

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Terzi returned to Connecticut in April 1980 to work as a prime anchor at WTNH-TV8 (ABC) in New Haven, CT. He remained there until January 1994, when he returned to Channel 3.

Terzi’s colleague Janet Peckinpaugh alleged that he sexually harassed her when the two anchored at WTNH. Peckinpaugh was fired from WFSB in 1995.

She sued the previous owners of WFSB (Post-Newsweek) and in court made allegations about Terzi. Peckinpaugh was awarded more than eight million dollars, but it was settled out of court.

Terzi has shared in two Emmy awards since rejoining Channel 3. The first was for a series of specials on the UConn Huskies basketball team, and the second, for “Best Newscast.”

Terzi is a long-standing member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Terzi left WFSB as their evening anchor February 24, 2012, after he and WFSB could not come to terms on a new contract. On July 8, 2012, FOXCT announced that Terzi will be joining the anchor team as the newest member.

Al Terzi Military Service

Al Terzi served over seven years of active duty with the U.S. Air Force intelligence operations, working in the Far East, and later, as an instructor at an air base in Texas.

While serving as an instructor at that Air Base in Texas (Goodfellow AFB, San Angelo, Texas). Al worked at a local TV station doing news, sports, and even weather.

Al Terzi Retires From Fox

After 46 years as a reporter and anchor in Connecticut, veteran broadcaster Al Terzi retired from the FOX CT anchor desk at the end of March. He will continue to co-host “The Real Story,” a political talk show with FOX CT’s Laurie Perez on Sunday mornings.

Terzi, 72, said he began thinking about scaling back his career a few months ago when he and his wife Carolyn began making travel plans for their 50th wedding anniversary this year.

Terzi, who began his career as a radio deejay in 1960, made the move to television in 1967 as a weatherman. He worked at WTNH and WFSB before joining FOX CT in July 2012.

Al Terzi Vs Peckinpaugh

It’s Al, whose avuncular manner has been making television news viewers comfortable for decades, and Janet, whose style and camera appeal have made her a consistent favorite with audiences.

But now the carefully crafted screen images of local news personalities and onetime co-anchors Al Terzi and Janet Peckinpaugh are being shadowed by what is alleged in a lawsuit to have happened nearly 10 years ago in a New Haven hotel.

And their fans in the Hartford area are left to puzzle over whom to believe: Peckinpaugh, who claims in the lawsuit that Terzi attempted to sexually attack her in a hotel while they were participating in a charity telethon, or Terzi, who vigorously denies her account.

“It was such a surprise,” said Jim Coughlin of Middletown, who works at a downtown bank and went to school with one of Terzi’s sons. “I don’t know who’s right or who’s wrong, but I don’t think anybody’s going to win.”

But many have definite opinions on whom they believe and why — sometimes based on the personas developed by the stars of the television, sometimes based on their take on gender politics.

Whatever the reason, Connecticut is talking — on the radio, at holiday parties, in downtown restaurants.

“My initial reaction was that she would never make something like this up, that she would never put herself through bringing a lawsuit unless it happened,” said Barbara S. Levison, a lawyer who lives in West Hartford.

Terzi and Peckinpaugh worked together as co-anchors at WTNH-TV, Channel 8, in New Haven during the mid-1980s, until Peckinpaugh left to take a job at WFSB-TV, Channel 3, in 1987.

In the lawsuit, Peckinpaugh alleges she was removed from Channel 3’s most prominent newscasts because of her age and her sex. She also claims Terzi, after being hired by Channel 3 in 1993, did not want to be paired with her because of the alleged hotel incident, which she claims played a role in her removal from those newscasts.

Peckinpaugh now works for WVIT-TV, Channel 30, as an early-morning news anchor.

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