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NBC Connecticut Reporter Named Master of Ceremonies

August 11, 2014

PLANTSVILLE, Conn. – Todd Piro, co-host of NBC Connecticut Today, will serve as master of ceremonies for the 2014 Connecticut Executive Choice Awards on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.

A Farmington resident, Todd Piro joined the station as a reporter after four years with KPSP, a CBS-affiliated station in Palm Springs, Calif., where he served as weekday morning anchor for the last two years. Prior to making TV news his career, Todd practiced law for five years at a prestigious Wall Street law firm and also worked for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office.

In college, Piro was news director and anchor at WDCR/WFRD Radio in Hanover, N.H. While there, he also performed play-by-play duties for numerous sports, including hockey and lacrosse. Piro interned at WABC-TV, Good Morning America, and Fox News Channel, all in New York, as well as WNNE-TV 31 in White River Junction, Vt. During his career, Piro has interviewed Sen. John McCain, legendary Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, Martha Stewart, Sheryl Crow, Sam Donaldson, and Rep. Mary Bono Mack, as well as famous chefs, doctors, comedians and performers.

Piro graduated with Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Dartmouth College and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law.

In addition to serving as this year’s master of ceremonies, Piro has also served as master of ceremonies for the Connecticut Chapter’s Run MS, A Spooktacular 5K, and  the Golf MS master of ceremonies.

The Connecticut Executive Choice Awards honors business leaders in the greater Hartford and New Haven counties. The awards honor Connecticut professionals who have made significant contributions to the business, civic and cultural betterment of our community.

This year’s awards night will honor Michael Devino, President of Mercury Fuel Service, Inc.; Robert J. Fiondella, Principal of Wealth Preservation Partners, LLC; Thomas M. Lescalleet, Senior Vice President of Griffin Land, LLC; and Denise W. Merrill, Secretary of the State of Connecticut.

The dinner event will take place Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. The cocktail reception starts at 6 p.m., and the dinner and program will begin at 7 p.m.

More than 6,000 Connecticut residents live with multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease for which there is no cure. Funds raised by the chapter through events, such as the Connecticut Executive Choice Awards, fund scientific research and provide for the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter to people in Connecticut diagnosed with MS.

The Aqua Turf Club is located at 556 Mulberry Street in Plantsville. For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Meg Staubley at 860.913.2550, ext. 52524, or by email at

To learn more about multiple sclerosis and the many ways to get involved, please visit

About the Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

The Connecticut Chapter strives to provide knowledge and assistance to help people with MS and their families maintain the highest possible quality of life. These goals are achieved through vital national and local programs.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.


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