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November 22, 2019

CT Public ends Faith Middleton’s ‘Food Schmooze’ show

Photo | Connecticut Public Faith Middleton is leaving Connecticut Public after 39 years at the station.

Faith Middleton, host of Connecticut Public Radio’s (WNPR) “Food Schmooze” radio show and podcast, is leaving the station after almost four decades.

Connecticut Public, parent of WNPR and Connecticut Public Television (CPTV), said Middleton aired her last episode of the popular show on Thursday. 

The announcement marks another high-profile departure for the Hartford-based not-for-profit media company. 

In late September, radio reporter, editor and host John Dankosky, took a voluntary separation package after 25 years at the station.

Fans of the Middleton’s show, where she discussed recipes, tips and food notes, will be able to listen to rebroadcasts on WNPR, its website and her social media pages. 

Mark G. Contreras, Connecticut Public’s new CEO, in a statement thanked Middleton for her dedication to her audiences.

“For close to four decades, Faith has educated, entertained and interacted with people who have come to love her as a knowledgeable and passionate source for all things food, drink and life,” he said.

Middleton departs Connecticut Public with a slew of awards and honors under her belt.

She was named Connecticut’s “Best Radio Talk Show Host” by Connecticut Magazine for 11 consecutive years. 

In 2012, Middleton was inducted into the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame. She also earned the The Peabody Award and twice received the Pulitzer Prize for broad journalism, among other accolades.

Connecticut Public, operating on an annual budget of $20 million, is mostly funded by individual, corporate and nonprofit contributions.

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