Kerensa Konesni recently re-joined the WINY News Team as News Director, however she began working at the radio station as a reporter in 2009 – working the airwaves as Saturday Anchor and then afternoon News Anchor.
After several years with WINY, Kerensa pursued print journalism with Stonebridge Press and Villager Newspapers. During her time writing for the local paper, Kerensa was the staff writer for the Thompson and Woodstock Villager Newspapers, and a contributor to the Southbridge Evening News, Blackstone Valley Tribune and the Webster Times.
Kerensa is proud to have interviewed several political leaders in our state, including Governor Dannel P. Malloy, United States Senator Richard Blumenthal, Congressman Joe Courtney and others. In addition, she has spent time with local cultural icons including former UCONN men’s basketball Coach Jim Calhoun. However, Kerensa finds it most satisfying to speak with the leaders and citizens of the northeasternConnecticutcommunity where she was raised, and where she – amid her extensive family – currently resides.
A graduate of PutnamHigh School and Arts at the Capitol Theatre in 2004, Kerensa received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Hartford, where she graduated cum laude in 2008.
While obtaining her degree, Kerensa received acclaim for a symposium she co-organized through the university with her most enlightening professor and mentor, Lauren Cook. The symposium, entitled “FEMENISM(S): Film, Video, Politics,” features more than 80 noted female filmmakers, writers, artists and educators from around the world.
In addition to being a local newshound, Kerensa is generally obsessed with radio of all types – especially WYNC’s “Radiolab,” Chicago Public Radio’s “Wait, Wait – Don’t Tell Me,” and “This American Life, and NPR’s “Says You.” Her intense love of radio is what makes her so pleased to be a member of the WINY team.
Kerensa is also a musician who plays the guitar, ukulele and djembe drum. She also fiddles with her fiddle and enjoys singing, as well as telling bad jokes.