Publisher, President & CEO, Hartford Courant
General Manager, FOX CT & WCCT-TV
Richard J. Graziano is publisher, president & CEO of the Hartford Courant and general manager of FOX CT and WCCT-TV. An employee of Tribune since 1999, Graziano came to Hartford in 2005 as vice president and general manager of the two Hartford-market TV stations. In 2009, he assumed responsibility for the newspaper operations, creating an integrated news gathering organization unlike any other in the country.
An innovative thinker and risk taker, Graziano has been the catalyst for change at FOX CT and WCCT-TV. He expanded the footprint of local news programming at FOX CT, growing from one 10 p.m. newscast a day to the station delivering the most local news in the market. He launched FOX CT Morning News in March 2008, adding an 11 p.m. newscast later that year. In 2011 he launched a 4 p.m. newscast and added FOX CT Weekend Morning News. Early in 2013 he launched a weekday 5 p.m. newscast.
In April 2009, Tribune announced that Graziano would oversee all the company’s Hartford media properties and the integration of the TV stations and the newspaper.
Under Graziano’s leadership, a $6 million renovation of the Hartford Courant building was undertaken and the television station moved into a state-of-the-art, full HD studio surrounded by the existing Courant newsroom. The project was completed in six months, on time and under budget. FOX CT began broadcasts from Connecticut’s Newsroom in December 2009. Since then, the news has expanded from 6 hours to 51.5 hours per week.
Through Graziano’s vision, the station has seen unrivaled growth in ratings and revenue, and continues to focus on the development of local content. His commitment to the community is evident in programming for some of Connecticut’s most treasured events, including the Manchester Road Race, the Hartford and New Haven St. Patrick’s Day parades and the Hartford Marathon. He also oversees innovative in-house productions such as Transitions, Daytrips and Destinations Family Fun and Travel Expo, and the Ski Sun & Travel Expo. Under Graziano’s leadership, Connecticut’s Newsroom launched the integrated media Battered Lives series, focusing on domestic violence in Connecticut. He is an honorary board member of Hartford’s Interval House.
Graziano has overseen the re-launch of CTnow.com as FOX CT’s online home, the rebranding of WTXX as WCCT and the live broadcast on FOX CT of political U.S. Senate debates, co-sponsored by The Courant and The University of Connecticut. He also is responsible for the launch of the first fully integrated cross-media sales team.
As CEO of the Hartford Courant, Graziano was instrumental in bringing back a local Connecticut section, CTNow, to the newspaper and in redesigning the front page after listening to overwhelming customer feedback calling for change. In 2011, Graziano reversed the trend of downsizing news in daily papers by adding 24 pages of national & local news, sports and opinion to The Courant each week. In October 2012, Graziano launched Manchester Extra, a community weekly completely dedicated to local news delivered to every household in Manchester and Bolton.
Graziano recently revived a partnership dating back to 1978 – the University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant public opinion poll that measures the national and state moods on critical issues. Graziano expanded the CT1 Media portfolio further in 2012 by acquiring Hartford Magazine and, a few months later, introduced a sister publication, New Haven Living.
Graziano has received numerous awards from organizations for his dedication to helping children and families in Connecticut, including Camp Courant, Interval House and the Muscular Dystrophy Association – where he was named Humanitarian of the Year.
From June 2008 through March 2010, Graziano was senior vice president of Tribune Broadcasting, overseeing the Hartford, Philadelphia and Washington broadcast properties: WTIC, WTXX (now WCCT), WPHL, and WBDC. Before coming to Hartford, Graziano served as general sales manager at the Tribune-owned and operated WLVI-TV 56 in his hometown of Boston for four years, from 2001 to 2005. While at WLVI, he also served as local sales manager and national sales manager before his promotion to general sales manager.
Graziano was already a part of the FOX family before joining Tribune. He served as national sales manager at FOX 5 in Atlanta and regional sales manager at FOX 25 in Boston – both FOX-owned and operated stations. He started his media career in radio at KISS 108 and JAM’N 94.5 as an account executive.
Born and raised in Boston, Graziano is a “Double Eagle” having attended Boston College, Carroll School of Management and Boston College High School. He resides in Avon, CT with his wife, Jessica, and their children Nick, Emma and Callie.
Vice President of Advertising, Target Media and Strategy
Newspapers have always fascinated Nancy Meyer.
As a communications major in college, she tested the waters as a reporter. But after writing for the student newspaper, Meyer dove into the advertising side of the business – and never looked back.
Meyer began her career in 1987 with Gannett newspapers in New York before spending nine years at Hearst Newspapers. She first worked as display advertising director at the Times Union in Albany, NY, then as classified print and online sales director at the San Francisco Chronicle and sfgate.com, where she was responsible for the launch of all new classified verticals.
In 2006, Meyer returned to the East Coast to become vice president of advertising at The Courant and courant.com. The move also had a personal upside, bringing her closer to family.
Helping clients realize the potential of digital advertising is a passion of hers. Offering solutions across print, digital and broadcast platforms is another.
“Because we are fully integrated, we are one-stop shopping,” she said. “We listen to our clients, get an understanding of their goals and customize programs that are super creative and deliver ROI. Between broadcasting, digital and the newspaper, we build alliances for clients.”
Meyer majored in education and communications at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pa., and at the University of Hartford in Hartford, Ct. She is currently working toward her master’s degree in Interactive Media at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Ct.
Meyer serves on the board of directors of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Connecticut affiliate. She lives with her family in Hartford’s West End.
Director of Sales for Broadcasting
Mark Oxton, a Brooklyn, NY native, is a hard-charging sales manager with career stints in New York City and Boston.
He studied communications at the State University of New York at Oswego, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986. Oxton’s goal was to be behind a television camera, shooting the action at NFL football games. He took a job as a sales assistant for TeleRep Inc., with the idea of getting his foot in the door.
Oxton worked his way up as a TeleRep account executive, responsible for selling spot time for 12 stations in the top 50 television markets. Still in New York City, he continued his career at New World Sales & Marketing, where he smoothed the company’s affiliation change from CBS to FOX.. In 1996, he moved to Boston to become vice president and sales manager at Fox Television Sales. After four years, he jumped to WLVI-TV as an account executive. He was promoted to local sales manager in 2002, overseeing eight account executives and a staff responsible for more than $28 million in ad revenue.
At CT1 Media, Oxton mentors a 21-person staff, emphasizing the synergy created from the integrated television stations, web sites and newspapers.
The father of two children, he lives with his wife, Kate, and daughter Addison, in Avon.
As a commercial design student at Central Connecticut State University, Chris Moran was headed toward a career in advertising. His professional course changed direction during his senior year, when he took a position as a graphic designer at the Hartford Courant’s award-winning Northeast magazine. The position gave him the opportunity to hone his design skills, and gave him hands-on experience in producing a weekly lifestyle magazine.
After graduating in 1988, Moran joined FOX 61, and has held positions in operations, news, production, promotions and marketing. As design director for CT1 Media, Moran was instrumental in launching Hartford Magazine and New Haven Living, rebranding WCCT, and redesigning and rebranding the three Advocate weekly publications.
In July 2012, Moran was named director of marketing, retaining his responsibility overseeing all design elements of the CT1 brands. In addition to design for all print, online and television products, Moran leads a marketing team whose sole goal is to utilize the synergies and integration of CT1 Media’s brands to grow the awareness of not just its own brands but those of its clients.
In 2012, Moran won an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Promotion News: Single Spot.
A West Hartford native who now lives in Glastonbury, Moran has three sons and two grandsons.
Senior Manager-Special Projects and Research
A crossword puzzle aficionado, Steve Rabb can find nuance and alternate interpretations in information. As a community gardener, he knows how to sow the seeds and nurture the plants that will reap a harvest of perfectly ripe vegetables. As the senior manager for special projects and research at CT1 Media, Rabb uses that special touch to help develop, grow and market products for CT-1 Media and its customers.
A Boston native, Rabb earned a bachelor’s degree in communications arts at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and a master’s degree in radio and television at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Rabb has worked as a sales manager for television stations of all affiliations in several states, has managed station programming and was involved in the launch of two new Midwestern stations (FOX and WB) in the late 1990s. He returned East in November 1999, moving to Connecticut to become national sales manager for WTIC-TV. He later served as senior sales manager for WTXX-TV before being named senior manager-special projects for both stations. Rabb added research duties for print and digital properties in early 2010.
Rabb’s blending of his sales and broadcast background with his work on special projects and research mirrors the integration of the CT1 Media’s print, broadcast and digital properties.
“Integration creates an added dimension which we can bring to our audience and advertisers, which benefits those who read The Courant, Hartford Magazine and the Advocate Weeklies, visit courant.com, CTnow.com and CT.com, and watch FOX CT and WCCT-TV,” said Rabb.