NJN reporter will be new Senate Secretary

Senate President-designate Stephen Sweeney (D-West Deptford) has named a veteran public television reporter as the new Secretary of the Senate.

Kent St. John, who has been with New Jersey Network (NJN) News since 1987, will take office when the Senate reorganizes on January 12.  He will replace Ellen Davenport, a former Essex County Freeholder who was named  to the post by Senate President Richard Codey after Democrats took control of the Senate in 2003.  St. John will become the first African American to hold the Senate Secretary post.

“Kent brings with him a thorough knowledge of the State legislative process through his work as anchor, reporter, and producer at New Jersey Network News and twenty-nine years of diversified broadcasting experience,” Sweeney said. “He will serve the Senate with great capability and dedication.”

A resident of Lindenwold, St. John is the chief of NJN News’ South Jersey bureau.  He has served as the morning news anchor for WDAS in Philadelphia and as columnist for the Philadelphia Sunday Press.

NJN reporter will be new Senate Secretary