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Meet Alisyn!

How old are your kids and how long have you lived in Westport? We have twin 14-year-old girls and a 12 year old boy. We’ve been in Westport almost seven years.

How did you end up where you are now in terms of your job, or whatever passion project it is you might be doing? Being a news anchor was a dream of mine since I was 15 years old. That’s when I had the a-ha-moment and realized there was a job called a broadcast journalist – and that I wanted it. The path, of course, was not necessarily a straight line but it started with majoring in Broadcast Journalism in college, then working my way up through lots of varied jobs. As for the passion project I’m working on, I’m close to finishing a memoir. I’ve long wanted to tell the story of my wild teenage years after I fell in love with a punk rock band. It may shed some light on why I continue to be stuck in the 80s.

What is your favorite family activity to do in Westport or the surrounding towns? My family and I enjoy hiking through Earthplace. It’s such a gem of a getaway right in Westport, though it feels like you’re somewhere far away. The kids love checking out the collection of animals inside and out.

What’s your favorite app right now- for you- and for your kids? My daughters and I bond over Instagram. One of my daughters, who has a photographic eye, has taken on the role of being my social media director on Instagram. She’s apparently appalled by some of the photos I post that she considers boring or hideous.

What’s your can’t live without beauty product? I like Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil. I use it to tamp down my frizzy or puffy hair – and I also use it on my bare arms and legs when they could use a little gold sheen.

If you could pick one restaurant or store to come to Westport that isn’t here now, what would it be, and why? I’d love to see a restaurant like GrayBarns or the Inn at Pound Ridge take over the old Red Inn that closed in Westport (is that what it was called?). Someplace that feels like a destination – cozy and slow-paced where you can take your time with a cocktail before you begin dinner.

What are you most excited about in life right now? I’m excited about a lot in life, but particularly the memoir I’m writing. It’s a wonderful escape for me to travel back in time to the 80s – a nice respite from the madness of this hyper-charged news cycle.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you? Well, in keeping with that theme – people might be surprised to know that I like and still listen to punk bands: the Ramones, Sublime, Sex Pistols, Bad Religion. I could go on.

If you weren’t doing what you are today, what do you think your career path might have been? It’s hard to imagine doing anything but being a newscaster, but before I discovered TV news, as a child I thought I would be a trial attorney.

If you had 24 hours to do whatever you wanted – what would you do? Oh my God, 24 free hours to do whatever I want? I can hardly imagine such leisure time! I think I would sleep, write and read. I should also probably work out – which I do about once a month, whether I need it or not.

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