John Pierson, Sports Anchor/ Director

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John Pierson became the Sports Team 8 Sports Director in January of 2016 after being the Weekend Anchor since the fall of 2001.

Pierson, a Connecticut native, first came to News 8 in 1995 as a Sports Producer and has worked on numerous Connecticut sporting events including The Connecticut Open, the Travelers Championship, UConn Football and the UCONN men’s and women’s NCAA championships.

A graduate of Southern Connecticut State University, Pierson has earned several New England Emmy Nominations for his work. He won a 2002 New England Emmy Award for a report on the troubled youth of former UConn basketball player Caron Butler. He won a second Emmy in 2010 for a story on the UConn women’s hockey team.

Prior to his start at News Channel 8 in 1995, Pierson worked in production at ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut.

Pierson’s favorite thing to do is spend time with his four children.

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