Kent joined News 8 as a general assignment reporter on the final day of 1999.
Before joining News 8, Pierce was a Reporter and Field Anchor for WRNN-TV in New York City. There he covered breaking news, features, and politics throughout the tri-state area. Prior to WRNN, he worked for the Associated Press Radio Network as a reporter.
Kent also held positions as Writer/Researcher at Media Studies Center, Producer at Newsweek On Air, Station Manager and News Producer at WKCR-FM and News Director and Newscaster at WHVW-AM.
He received his B.A. from Columbia College and his M.S. degree in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University in New York City.
Journalist who inspired you growing up: My mom, the first female hard-news reporter for the Poughkeepsie Journal. As a baby, she took me to work and I'd happily play in a box next to her desk. I guess I've always liked newsrooms.
Favorite thing about your job: Having something to show for your effort at the end of the day.
Hardest thing about your job: Knocking on the door of someone who's just lost a loved one. I know I have to do it, I know it's part of the job, but I sure wish I didn't have to do it.
Three words that describe you: Resilient, thinking, wordsmith
First job: Overnight board operator at WHVW-AM, an 800 watt radio station in Hyde Park, NY. I was 17.
Person you would like to eat lunch with: My Dad
How do you take your coffee: I only take it when necessary.
Favorite quote: "For every complex problem there is a simple solution...and it is wrong." - H.L. Mencken
Hobbies: Finding the perfect cocktail
Can't live without: Martinis
Best dish you can cook: Whatever the delivery guy brings
Favorite TV show: The Daily Show
Favorite movie: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Favorite food: Depends on the day...I've got a favorite place to eat in just about every town in Connecticut. Whatever they make, that's my favorite food at that moment.
Favorite drink: Ummm, see "can't live without"
Favorite snack: Twizzlers
Favorite musical group: Bird, Diz, Miles...if you have to ask, never mind
Favorite book: "The Sea Wolf" by Jack London
Favorite city to visit: New York
Advice for students interested in being a TV journalist: This is what I tell interns at News 8: Hang out with me for a few days...if I can't talk you out of it, and if you can deal with the hours, the stress and the material...then go for it.
Most memorable story you covered while at WTNH: All the people from Connecticut who went to the Gulf Coast to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina
A lone note, hand written, faded on the scarred tree is all that is left of the accident site where Jane Modlesky died after crashing her car in Glastonbury.
When it comes to drinking and driving, the two just don't mix. Nationwide, drunk driving continues to be a problem.
A Connecticut man's portrait of Nelson Mandela hangs at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Disturbing images from two middle school students on social media has sparked an investigation by police in Redding.
As the anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy approaches, the Sandy Ground project is nearing its goal of building one new playground for each of the 26 victims.
The brand new head of the FBI was in Connecticut on Friday. James Comey visited the FBI branch in New Haven to discuss some of his biggest concerns.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The Discovery Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport has sold a massive bronze statue for $300,000 to finance a major upgrade to its science education program for schoolchildren.
The Federal Railroad Administration has mandated that all Metro-North lines use new safeguards to control train speed, in order to alert engineers that a train is entering a dangerous section of track.
Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London has taken away the medical benefits of anyone on strike, News 8 has learned.
Gov. Dannel Malloy says the recent release of the 911 recordings from the Newtown school shooting has likely made things more difficult for the families, but he also says he expected they'd be released all along. He just wishes it had …