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 and graduated from CCSU. I started my career DJ’ing, then emceeing events across the U.S. and eventually making my way into this crazy world of TV. I joined the CT Style family in January, 2015. It’s fun to wake up every day and try to make people smile. There’s a lot of negativity in the world and on social media, so I think it’s important to shine a spotlight on the good news, and people that make the Nutmeg State what it is.

In a nut shell… your grandma would love me.

Connect with me here:

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

8 Things you didn’t know about Ryan

Q: Favorite memory / story from working at News 8?
A: Impersonating Gil Simmons every morning to Gil Simmons.

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

Q: What is your favorite restaurant in New Haven?
A: Elm City Social – best burger in town.

Q: Who is your favorite musician/ band and/or best concert you ever been to?
A: Anything that I can dance to in the studio before the show – shout out to DJ Benny!

Q: What’s the best dish you can make?
A: Still working on that.

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, etc.


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.

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CT Style Reporter – Meghan 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.

To stay up-to-date on Meghan’s reports, like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

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, interviewing the cast of The Chew for their 500th episode, going to Good Morning America, and 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, as well as see Kenny Chesney receive his Walk of Fame at Mohegan Sun. One of the shoots that stands out the most vividly in my mind was taking a boat 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 since I was young 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 minute-by-minute activities, like 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. 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. 

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 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: Three fun facts: 1) I once lived in Hawaii, 2) I worked at Walt Disney World helping to bring Minnie and Mickey to life, and 3) I was an extra in the Leo DiCaprio/Kate Winslet movie “Revolutionary Road.” 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 don’t believe I have any “hidden talents” per say, but as for hobbies, I love to cook (especially plant-based recipes), watch reruns of The Office, walk on the Niantic Boardwalk, and spend time with my family (especially my three adorable nephews) and hubby Tom.

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