Not since the departure of Bruce Kern from the former WTIC-TV(now WFSB) has the Hartford/New Haven market seen such a momentous retirement.
Wednesday night, Thanksgiving eve, Gerry Brooks will officially retire as the primary gentleman anchor of NBC CT. This after a career in the Connecticut news business spanning 45 years.
We wish him luck. Here is some of what NBC CT has to say about Gerry as he signs off one last time:
“Gerry is a gift to the people of Connecticut. His keen eye for detail, getting it right, and delivering news in a way that connects with our viewers is why he is so respected and revered in our market,” said Susan Tully, President and General Manager of NBC Connecticut/Telemundo Connecticut. “Gerry is one-of-a-kind and a rare breed of journalist who we were lucky to have lead our newsroom for the past 25 years.”
A native of Framingham, Massachusetts, Brooks came to Connecticut by way of WMAS Radio in Springfield, Massachusetts. He continued his radio career at WAVZ in New Haven, and then served as Sports Director at WPOP Newsradio in Hartford. It was during his time at WPOP that he also served as weekend sports anchor at WVIT and provided color commentary for UConn basketball on the Connecticut Radio Network. Brooks then made the leap from radio to television, joining WFSB-TV in Hartford, where he stayed for 14 years.
In 1993, Brooks came to NBC Connecticut, bringing his unique ability to tell compelling stories and spinning sometimes mundane topics into television gold. His video series and blog “The Brooks File” are well-known to fans across Connecticut, as off-beat subjects were brought to life by his prowess with the written word. In 2008, Gerry was inducted to the Silver Circle of the New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 2015, he was inducted into the Connecticut Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame, recognized for his commitment and service to local broadcasting. He is a two-time Regional Emmy award winner.