Hartford Broadcast Pioneer Ellsworth Dies

By Andrew Gauthier 

Hartford Courant

Bob Ellsworth, the first man to anchor the 11 p.m. news for Hartford’s Channel 3, died Friday at the Hospital of Central Connecticut.

Ellsworth, 84, of Unionville, was also known for his deep interest in the armed forces as a soldier in the Pacific during World War II, with the Army Reserve and Connecticut National Guard after the war and as the longtime master of ceremonies of West Hartford’s Memorial Day observance. He also worked on the committee that created West Hartford’s veterans memorial at North Main Street and Farmington Avenue.

During World War II, Ellsworth received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

Ellsworth went to work for WTIC radio in 1956. The following year, WTIC began broadcasting on Channel 3, and Ellsworth anchored the 11 p.m. news. The stations were at the time owned by the Travelers Insurance Co., hence the call letters. Travelers sold the stations in 1973. More…