Msgr. Kieran Harrington
The Very Reverend Kieran E. Harrington, V.E. is Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn. He is responsible for overseeing the Diocesan Public Information Office, Government Affairs and Public Policy Office, NET (New Evangelization Television), the Tablet (a local newspaper), as well as the Information Technology Department of the Diocese of Brooklyn.
The Diocese of Brooklyn, which also encompasses the borough of Queens, is located in New York City and is the fifth largest diocese in the United States with 1.9 million Catholics. The only entirely urban diocese in the country, it is the port of entry and home of millions of immigrants. The 141 Catholic schools in the Diocese educate over 60,000 students.
The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio appointed Msgr. Harrington to his most recent position in December, 2006. Prior to that, at the direction of Bishop DiMarzio, he was Director of Government Affairs for the Diocese and a leader of early efforts to bring Education Tax Credit Legislation to the forefront of public policy discussions in Albany.
Msgr. Harrington is the Administrator of the Church of Saint Joseph in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn. He graduated cum laude from St. John’s University with a degree in Philosophy. He holds a Masters of Divinity degree from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception and a Masters of Business Administration from the N.Y.U. Stern School of Business.
Emmy award winning anchor/correspondent Jane Hanson is also known as an author, producer, speaker, and media/presentation coach. Among her many current projects is a series of health reports that can be viewed online and on air for AnswersTV. She has teamed with her former co-anchor of Today in New York as a media trainer/presentation coach; Civiello Communications group works with everyone from CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies to individuals like physicians, editors, and scientists. Hanson is also a consultant with Nicolas-Lence, a premier marketing lobbying group.
Hanson left WNBC-TV last year, after 27 years at the NBC flagship station. Arriving there in September 1979, she was the station’s primary anchor for its numerous local programming efforts and was responsible for the creation and implementation of an ongoing series of high profile reports for WNBC’s various newscasts. In addition, she hosted “Jane’s New York,” a locally produced series of half-hour shows that spotlight the interesting and unusual stories that occur across New York’s five boroughs and the tri-state area. In addition, she also developed unique programming that, not only aired on WNBC and its O and O stations, but was also presented on the internet and digital stations. This programming included such things as a show wrapped around NBC’s Ryder Cup coverage and a dinosaur dig in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia.
Hanson assumed that anchor role in July 2003 after serving as the co-anchor of “Today in New York” since the show’s inception in 1988. While at WNBC, Hanson sat on the anchor desk during many of New York’s most definitive news events including the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Blizzard of ’96, the crash of John F. Kennedy Jr.’s airplane, the Crown Heights riots, and the 1980 transit strike. She has also participated in the coverage of numerous NewsChannel 4 community programs including the New York City Marathon, the Tribeca Film Festival and the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting. She also covered many of NBC’s Olympics acting as both reporter and host. And she has appeared on the Today show and MSNBC.
Prior to her work at WNBC, Hanson anchored WMT-TV’s 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where she began as a general assignment reporter.
Hanson entered television journalism at KSFY-TV in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. While there, she served as a reporter for the station’s 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts and anchored a daily noon newscast. She also served as the station’s reporter for segments on the “Today” show and hosted a daily interview program.
The recipient of numerous journalism awards, Hanson received three Emmys for “Jane’s New York,” including one for her “Underground show — the City Beneath the City.” She also won four Emmys for Outstanding Morning News Program for “Today in New York,” a 1996 Emmy for Outstanding Health/Science Programming for a series of reports on “Surviving Breast Cancer” and an Emmy for outstanding spot news coverage.
In 1995, the National Mother’s Day Committee named Hanson an “Outstanding Mother of the Year,” an honor she shared with then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. In addition, she was named “Correspondent of the Year” by New York’s Police Detectives and received a similar honor from New York’s Firefighters for her courage in covering fires. In 2004, she was given the Humanitarian Award by New York City’s Animal Care and Control agency for her show, “A Dog’s Life” that resulted in the adoption of numerous abandoned or neglected animals.
Working with various non-profit organizations, Hanson lends her support to numerous projects and hosts many charitable events. She has served as the March of Dimes Walk-America Chairwoman, and as the honorary chair in New York for the Susan B. Komen Foundation’s annual “Race for the Cure” fundraiser.
She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Hanson is married, has one child, and lives in Brooklyn.