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
Nurses and technicians who have been locked out in a labor dispute with Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London have learned that state law does not protect them from losing health care coverage.
This morning, drivers need to be cautious of black ice on the roads.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — An 18-year-old New Haven man has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of his sister's boyfriend.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Department of Defense says the remains of an Air Force colonel from New Haven missing during the Vietnam War have been identified and will be buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Stamford homeowner credits a bird for saving his life as his house exploded.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — It's been a painful and frenetic year for all of Newtown, Conn.
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Bristol police say they have arrested and charged a 51-year-old man who threatened to blow up City Hall because of a lien placed on property he owns.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Two men charged with supporting terrorists in Afghanistan and Chechnya are due to appear in a federal court in Connecticut.
A 22-year-old Norwich woman was arrested for selling drugs in a parking lot and attempting to flee from officers on Monday.
A Danbury teen was stabbed to death during a brawl on Saturday night.