Denise D Ascenzo - Updated Nov 2023

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Denise D Ascenzo

Denise D Ascenzo was an American News TV Anchor and Journalist. Denise D Ascenzo television news anchorwoman at WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut. She was the longest-serving anchor at WFSB-TV and also the longest-serving news anchor at any Connecticut television station.

Birth Facts and Education

Denise D Ascenzo was born on January 30, 1958, in Washington D.C., USA. She used to hold American nationality and was under the zodiac sign, Aquarius.

Her father’s name is Salvatore Joseph D’Ascenzo and her mother’s name is Rita D’Ascenzo. She has three other siblings and all of them were girls and their names are Donna, Diane, and Debbie. Denise grew up in suburban Rockville, Maryland, along with her siblings and parents. Both of her parents have passed away. Likewise, her father was in the US military and gave service to the US government for 33 years.

Regarding Denise’s educational background and qualifications, she completed her schooling in Washington DC. She then attended Northwestern University for a journalism program. She received a scholarship so she was able to attend Syracuse University for her higher education. Denise graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in political science and broadcast journalism from the university.

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Caption: Denise in college graduation (Source: Hartford Courant)


Denise D’Ascenzo passed away in her sleep in Branford, Connecticut, in her home on December 7, 2019. She was 61 years old at the time she died. Many popular personalities joined her funeral. And, Denise’s family suspects that the cause of death was a heart attack. Likewise, on January 29, 2020, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced that he had signed a proclamation declaring Thursday, January 30, 2020, as “Denise D’Ascenzo Day” in the State of Connecticut in recognition of the news anchor’s birthday. Likewise, Ned Lamont is an American businessman as well as a politician who is serving as the 89th governor of Connecticut.

Career and Professional Life

Denise D Ascenzo was interested in journalism at an early age. When she was 12 years old, she began the first newspaper in her grammar school. Later on, she became editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper. She became the first person to receive a scholarship from the American Newspaper Women’s Club. This allowed her to attend a summer journalism program at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Likewise, in the year 1981, during her senior year at Syracuse University, Denise D’Ascenzo landed her first television job at WIXT-TV in Syracuse. She reported on the weather forecast segment in her job. And, after graduating magna cum laude from Syracuse with dual graduate degrees in broadcast journalism as well as political science, she started working full-time as a reporter for WIXT. Later on, she worked in St Louis as a reporter and a talk show host at KSDK-TV. Moreover, Denise then moved to Cleveland as a news anchor for WJKW-TV.

More About Career

Denise D Ascenzo worked at WFSB-TV for 33 years, from 1986 until her death in the year 2019, and became the longest-serving anchor at the station. She was also the longest-serving news anchor at any Connecticut television station at the time of her death.

Furthermore, Denise D’Ascenzo was able to win 12 Emmy Awards, including one for Best Anchor. She even received two Edward R. Murrow Awards, seven Associated Press Awards, as well as a national Gabriel Award for her work. She was inducted into the Silver Circle, an honor bestowed by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for her contributions to broadcasting in the year 2013. And, in that same year, Denise also received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Quinnipiac University. Likewise, in the year 2015, she was able to become the first woman to be inducted into the Connecticut Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. Talking about her brand’s endorsements, she never did endorsement activities in her entire life. He did not become the brand ambassador of any brand till her death.

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Caption: Denise in a TV news show (Source:

Net Worth

According to Dreshare, Denise D Ascenzo had a net worth of $500K – $700K, and her main income source is her career of being an anchor and journalist as well. However, her salary and yearly income are not available.

Relationship Status

Denise D Ascnezo married her husband Wayne Cooke who was born in the year 1955 in the United States of America. Wayne Cooke’s family ran a local orchard. Other than this, no information on their marriage date or dating history is disclosed in the media and to the public. Likewise, they have a daughter whose name is Kathryn and she was born in the year 1997. Denise was very close to her husband as well as her daughter until her death.

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Caption: Denise’s daughter’s picture (Source: Glob Intel)

Denise D Ascenzo – Body Measurements 2022

Denise D Ascenzo had a height of 5 feet 4 inches and her weight was 62 Kg. Talking about her other body measurements such as her chest size, waist size, hip size, as well as bicep size, their sizes are not available until now. All of these body measurements of her were under review but due to her death, these measurements can no longer be available. Moreover, Denise had brown eyes and blonde hair.

Denise D Ascenzo – Social Media 2022

Denise D Ascenzo is not active on any social media platforms and doesn’t own any social media accounts. However, one Twitter account is available under the name “DeniseDAscenzo”. But this account is the foundation account that supports advances in medicine, health, women’s and children’s issues, and journalism studies. This account is for “The Denise D’Ascenzo Foundation”.