Christina DeFranco is an Emmy award-winning journalist whose career spans 28 years in broadcast news. Her career began in 1990 at a small cable station in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She then went on to work in television markets from upstate New York to New Haven, Connecticut, covering everything from the prospect of the Patriots moving to Hartford to the existence of a brain cancer cluster at Pratt and Whitney – a national story that she broke in 2001. Throughout her career, Ms. DeFranco has won five Emmys, a Telly, a Communicator Award, an Accolade, a New York Festival Award, Associated Press Honors, and multiple citations from Connecticut’s Society for Professional Journalists. She is currently the producer and host of the CPTV series Made in Connecticut, which won back to back Emmys in 2015 and 2016.
In 2007, Christina produced her first independent documentary Darkest Hours: The Crisis in Children’s Mental Health Care, an in-depth look at society’s most vulnerable medical patients: children with mental illness. This powerful documentary sheds light on how kids have been forced to cope with a fragmented system that hurts them and the families who love them. In 2008, Ms. DeFranco produced Aston’s Army: A Swim Team Legacy, the inspiring story of High School Swim Coach Ed Aston, which still airs on CPTV Sports.
Ms. DeFranco served as reporter at WTNH-TV, ABC (New Haven, CT) from 1996-2001, where she reported live for the nightly news. Prior to that, she was a reporter and anchor for WTIC-TV, Fox (Hartford, CT) from 1993-1996. There she produced, wrote and reported on a 30-minute documentary, Saving Connecticut Schools: A Private Lesson.
Christina is now President and CEO of Danolas Productions, a video production company in Burlington, CT. She creates and producers customized videos for websites and presentations. Her most recent project showcased the Fund for Teachers. She holds a BA from Duke University. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two sons and spends her fall weekends on football fields across the state.