A few months ago as we sat on the set in the NBC-CT studios getting ready for a taping of “Connecticut Newsmakers” show, Tom Monahan told me he was retiring after the election. At first, I didn’t believe him. Then I came to realize that he wasn’t kidding around as he often did before we went on the air. The chief political reporter for Channel 30 was indeed calling it quits.
“It’s time for my wife and me to get away,” he said. Then the stage manager counted down to the beginning of the show and just like every other time, Tom was off, doing what he did best.
It wasn’t until after the segment was done that I asked him if he was leaving completely. He hesitated. So I asked him if he was going to do a sort of “Tom Brokaw thing” and come back for certain special assignments. In true Monahan fashion he said, “Well, I don’t want to work every week.”
The Hartford Courant’s Java column “broke” the worst-kept secret in Connecticut political and media circles. After more than 40 years in the business, Tom Monahan was calling it a career. More to come on this.