About

Here’s the reporter’s notebook of WNPR’s Capital Region Reporting Initiative — where we’ll post all of our regional news that makes the radio.

Yes, the happenings of the state’s capitol, politics, and looming budget crisis have our attention.  You’ll read about all of those here.

But just as important will be stories about Hartford, the people who live and work here, and the issues that they — and their region — confront daily.

We welcome your suggestions.

Jeff has worked in news since 2001 and is WNPR’s capital region reporter.

While here, he has focused his attention on Hartford, producing a few series — including ones on life after prison,youth gangssummer youth employment, and state money inlocal elections.  Jeff has also covered state politics, culturalinstitutionsdowntown housingcity schools and politics, and Mayor Pedro E. Segarra’s transition into office.  His work has aired on NPR’s national broadcasts of Morning Edition and All Things Considered. You can find more of his stories at his blog.  Jeff is also an occasional fill-in host.

Before working at WNPR, Jeff worked as the city reporter for the Hartford Courant.  While at the Courant, he won a National Headliner Award for a Northeast Magazine story about the ostracized widow of the state’s first casualty in Iraq; wrote about his post-Katrina, flooded out home in New Orleans; and was part of a team of reporters that broke the stories of alleged corruption at Hartford City Hall that led to the arrest of  former Mayor Eddie A. Perez.

In 2012, Jeff was selected by NPR and Kaiser Health News for their joint “Health Care In The States” project. Also in 2012, Jeff was selected by the Tow Foundation and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice as a fellow in their juvenile justice reporting project.

Like everyone else with an email address, he’s on Facebook.  And Twitter.

The super cool banner at the top of the page?  For that, I thank Catie Talarski and the rest of the newsroom folks.

One response to “About

  1. Hi Jeff,

    Nice job on your website. I like the Pressroom theme, too.

    Best wishes,

    Kevin Rennie

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