Who’s On HAN


Kate Czaplinskikate-czaplinski

Kate Czaplinski is HAN’s News and Content Director and lead anchor on CT Pulse and Coffee Break. Kate has previously worked at HAN publications, including as editor of Trumbull Times and Shelton Herald and an assistant editor and reporter at The Ridgefield Press. Before joining HAN, Kate started her journalism career as a reporter at the Sentinel & Enterprise, a daily newspaper in Fitchburg, Mass.

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john-kovach-150x200John Kovach

John Kovach is Editorial Director, print and online, HAN eastern group, and editor of the Fairfield Sun. He has been with Hersam Acorn since 1993, serving as assistant editor of The Darien Times from 1993-97, editor of the New Canaan Advertiser from 1997-2008 and The Stratford Star from 2008-12.

A 1987 graduate of the University of Bridgeport, he won that year’s Society of Professional Journalists/SDX Journalism Student of the Year Award.  John served as editor of the Scribe, the University of Bridgeport’s student newspaper, as a sophomore. During his junior and senior years, he served as sports director of WPKN Radio and was a play-by-play announcer for UB men’s and women’s basketball. In 1988, he was honored as the Associated Press “College and Non-Commerical Sports Announcers of the Year.”

He is a former high school football coach.

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Donald Engdon-eng

Donald Eng is the utility infielder at the HAN Network and  editor of The Trumbull Times. He is HAN’s history buff, bringing his “Look Back on this Day in History” on Coffee Break.

He applied for his first job in journalism on a dare and has covered Shelton, Bridgeport, Easton, Stratford, Hamden, Trumbull and the Valley before settling in as Monroe Courier editor in 2015.

Don has won numerous awards for his news reporting from the New England Newspaper & Press Association for coverage of environmental issues, spot news and opinion writing. He lives in Seymour with his wife Maggie,  daughter Elizabeth and fur-daughter Daisy. In addition to being a world-class fantasy sports manager, he is able to stir fry and sip merlot at the same time and enjoys avoiding yard work.

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Denise DiGrigoli

Denise DiGrigoliAn entrepreneur whose career spans over 30 years. Always involved in family business, since she was a young girl to present,  Denise also spends her time sharing her methods of motivation and success as an serial-entrepreneur, most recently as the host of The Drive with Denise on HAN Network and as a strategic business development adviser to C-level executives. The Drive airs the second and third Tuesdays of the month at 12:30 and is available on demand here.

In 2013, Denise began conducting mindful living and thought leadership workshops in both private and corporate settings around the United States based upon the basic principles of her top-selling journaling method My Daily DriveTM.

Denise believes you fuel your life; by what you think, what you do, how you respond, how you make choices for your nutrition and how you decide to exercise or move your body. All the decisions or choices fuel your mind, body, spirit and create the life you live today.  Better fuel, better mileage, better journey, smoother ride is one of her favorite metaphors. This mindful (or slightly systematic) approach to creating change and positive growth has helped her balance a very high demand career with a peaceful and successful family life.

Her interest in the field of empowerment and self- development began with her quest to create more inner peace in today’s fast paced world. Seeking a better work/life balance she created a  tool for personal developmentmotivational journaling process.

When a client asked her to share her methods, her first book was formally developed. Today, Denise’s talk show and speaking engagements take audiences on a journey to uncover new insights, challenge perspectives, provoke imagination, evoke new thinking, and ignite change.

For many years, Denise has served on numerous advisory committees and nonprofit boards, helping entrepreneurs to start and stay in business.  She now takes her expertise “on the road” and offers consulting services to individuals and contemporary thinking companies, wellness facilities, educational institutions throughout the United States.

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