Meet the hosts of CT STYLE

Ryan Kristafer and Teresa Dufour

Teresa Dufour

Teresa Dufour, her husband Brandon and their dog Sydney
Teresa Dufour, her husband Brandon and their dog Sydney

Teresa’s day starts while some of you are going to bed. Up at 3am, Teresa is the traffic anchor on Good Morning CT and then switches gears and hosts CT Style. With more than a decade of on air experience, she’s spent time anchoring and reporting in Monroe, Louisiana and throughout Connecticut. Prior to that, she started off anchoring and reporting daily newscasts for a series of CT based radio stations. Teresa has been named the state’s favorite on air personality in both Hartford and New Haven Magazines over the years and was recently named to Connecticut Magazine’s 40 under 40 list.

She is a UCONN grad who lives in Middlebury with her husband Brandon and their dog Sydney. They are expecting a baby boy!

Email Teresa or follow her on Twitter @teresalabarbera.

8 Things you didn’t know about Teresa

Q: Favorite memory / story from working at News 8?
A: Suiting up with CT Roller Girls and staying on the air for 14 hours straight during the Blizzard of 2012

Q: What inspired you to work in news/weather/TV?
A: The beauty of live television and being able to tell a story.

Teresa Dufour and Dad
Teresa Dufour and Dad

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in New Haven?
A: Goodfellas

Q: Who is your favorite musician/ band and/or best concert you ever been to?
A: Best concert was Jay Z and Justin Timberlake at Yankee Stadium.

Q: What’s the best dish you can make?
A: I’m mean with the crockpot!

Q: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
A: A little deserted island called Petite St, Vincent, about 60 miles south of Barbados.

Q: What’s something you don’t know about me?
A: I was my high school prom queen!

Q: What are your hobbies / hidden talents?
A: I can talk…for a very long time!


Ryan Kristafer

Ryan Kristafer
Ryan and his grandma

I am a CT guy. I grew up in Cromwell (still there actually) and graduated from CCSU. I joined the CT Style family as Teresa’s co-host in January, 2015. Besides filling her coffee every morning, I also emcee exciting events across the country. It’s been fun giving away over $1 Million on-stage at Mohegan Sun throughout the years, and having a nationally-syndicated feature, “Man In The Stands” on NBC Sports Radio.

In a nut shell… your grandma would love me.

Email Ryan or follow him on Twitter @ryankristafer.

8 Things you didn’t know about Ryan

Q: Favorite memory / story from working at News 8?
A: Trying to get the General Manager to dance in the middle of the floor at our company holiday party. It didn’t work out so well.

Q: What inspired you to work in news/weather/TV?
A: My Dad has been in radio forever, so I grew up around media. But I really wanted to be a game show host, initially.

Ryan Kristafer and fans
Ryan Kristafer and fans

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in New Haven?
A: Tikkaway.

Q: Who is your favorite musician/ band and/or best concert you ever been to?
A: The Eagles at Mohegan Sun. Crystal clear sounds and so many hits.

Q: What’s the best dish you can make?
A: The only place I cook is on the set. And even then, I’m burning everything!

Q: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
A: Anywhere tropical. There’s nothing better than hot sand and a cold, refreshing, adult beverage.

Q: What’s something you don’t know about me?
A: Betsy Ross (maker of the U.S. flag) is my 8th-generation grandmother.

Q: What are your hobbies / hidden talents?
A: Winning booty shaking contests… being a cat whisperer… you know, the usual


Meghan Yost

Ryan Kristafer describes Meghan as “the Swiss army knife of television.” As a multimedia journalist, she does it all from start to finish – setting up her own lights, shooting her own reports, and editing them into their final product.

Megan-Yost-MMJ
CT Style Reporter – Megan Yost

What Meghan loves most about her job is being able to connect with the people she meets and interviews. She loves hearing their personal stories and works hard to convey them in the most accurate and meaningful way through her reports.

Meghan began her broadcast journalism career in Orlando, where she first reported on medical breakthroughs and scientific discoveries. Her reports could be seen on more than 200 TV stations across the country and had the potential of being seen by 80 million viewers. During that time, Meghan traveled extensively across the country and even internationally to interview top doctors, experts, patients and other individuals.

Before moving back to her home state of Connecticut, Meghan also spent time in Orlando working at a top 20 market television station, mostly covering the latest lifestyle and consumer related news. Some of Meghan’s most memorable career moments during that time include sitting front and center in the courtroom at the Casey Anthony trial and interviewing Florida Governor Rick Scott about the Trayvon Martin case.

Meghan is a graduate of UConn and lives with her soon-to-be husband Tom in Glastonbury.

Email Meghan or follow her on Twitter @meghanyost.

8 Things you didn’t know about Meghan

Q: Favorite memory / story from working at News 8/CT Style?
A: I have so many great memories from working at News 8/CT Style. To name a few, going behind-the-scenes at ESPN to chat with Jay Harris, Scott Van Pelt, and Steve Levy. I was also able to meet the former “Bachelor” Chris Soules and his “Dancing with the Stars” partner Whitney Carson. One of the shoots that stands out the most vividly in my mind was taking a boat off the coast of Groton to the Ledge Lighthouse, located in the middle of the Long Island Sound.

Q: What inspired you to work in news/weather/TV?
A: I loved to write starting at a young age and always knew I wanted to work in news/broadcast journalism. As a child, I idolized Lois Lane. I would carry around a reporter’s notebook and pretend to write news stories. While on vacation with my family, you could find me constantly journaling about our by-the-minute activities, such as meeting Minnie and Mickey Mouse. I also always used my dad’s video camera as a kid to make my own cooking shows and create news broadcasts for school reports. In high school I had my own public access TV show. CT Style has afforded me with an opportunity to bring my lifelong dream to fruition.

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in New Haven?
A: I love getting salads at the B Natural Café for lunch. For dinner, Caseus Fromagerie & Bistro is the way to go. The food and ambiance are amazing.

Q: Who is your favorite musician/ band and/or best concert you ever been to?
A: One of the best concerts I have ever been to was the Newport Folk Fest. In 2013 I saw The Lone Bellow perform and they took my breath away. Another great concert was the one where I got to hand out on the Third Eye Blind tour bus, but that’s a story for another day.

Q: What’s the best dish you can make?
A: I love dessert but also love eating healthy so I’ve figured out how to get the best of both worlds by making vegan, gluten-free all-natural treats. I recently showed how to prepare two of my favorites on CT Style: Raw Vegan Gluten Free Carrot Cake and Black Bean Chocolate Truffles. They may sound a little wacky but I promise, if you keep an open mind, both are extremely tasty.  

Q: If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
A: I LOVE to travel and explore new places. Even though I know it would be a looonnng plane ride, I would love to some day visit Australia.

Q: What’s something you don’t know about me?
A: Two facts: 1) I lived in Hawaii, and 2) I was an extra in a Leo DiCaprio/Kate Winslet movie . Nope, not “Titanic,” but “Revolutionary Road.” The movie is somewhat depressing so I’ve only seen it twice, but the experience was pretty cool. In the scene I was in, Leo touched my back . And we had to re-shoot it about five times. I haven’t washed my back since (just kidding!).

Q: What are your hobbies / hidden talents?
A: I’m not sure if I have any “hidden talents” per say, but in terms of hobbies, I love to cook (especially plant-based recipes), watch reruns of The Office, run, go to the gym, and spend time with my family (especially my three adorable nephews) and hubby Tom.

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