Adrianne Baughns-Wallace

Adrianne Baughns-Wallace

Induction Category:
Writers & Journalists

Born: 1944

Inducted: 2000

Town: Bloomfield

Born and raised in New York City, Adrianne Baughns-Wallace attended public school and briefly served in the U.S. Air Force. After attending community college part-time, she married and moved to Schenectady, N.Y., where she enrolled at SUNY-Albany and earned a degree in rhetoric and communications. She later earned a Master’s in Management from Cambridge College.

Baughns-Wallace found her way into broadcast journalism somewhat by accident when, in order to overcome nervousness in public speaking, she auditioned for an on-air position with Channel 13 in Albany. Much to her surprise, she was given the job. After one year as a news anchor with the station, Baughns-Wallace moved to WFSB-TV, Channel 3 in Hartford, Conn., where she worked as an anchor, producer, and reporter from 1974 to 1982. The Hartford Courant Magazine called her the “most watched woman in Connecticut” in 1981, the Jaycees named her 1981’s “Woman of the Year,” and Baughns-Wallace later earned an Emmy Award nomination and much high praise for her intelligent broadcasts.

From 1984 to 1996, Baughns-Wallace hosted and narrated programs and documentaries for CPTV and during part of this time she also hosted a daily morning talk show and co-hosted a syndicated TV program at WPIX-TV in New York City. After several years as a Professional Relations Officer with Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company and a stint as Director of Public Relations with the Corporation for Independent Living, Baughns-Wallace became the Executive Director of Operation Fuel, Inc., a statewide non-profit foundation providing emergency energy assistance grants to low-income families. From 2001 to 2004 she was appointed by State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier to serve as the Director of Financial Education for the State Treasurer’s Office.

Adrianne Baughns-Wallace now resides in the Charlotte, N.C., area.

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