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David DesRoches

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David finds and tells stories about education and learning for WNPR f.m. and dot org. He also teaches journalism and media literacy to high school students, and he starts the year with the lesson: “Conflicts of interest: Real or perceived? Both matter.” He thinks he has a sense of humor, and he also finds writing in the third person awkward, but he does it anyway. 

He's won some awards. He's lost some, too. Winning is better, but neither really matter. What matters is the work. Here are some of his stories that matter: special education; toxic PCBs in schools; hate crime; environmental damages

When he was a kid, people told him life isn't fair. He still doesn't buy it. Consequently, he could be biased toward fairness, which manifests in different ways, such as fighting inequality and inequity. He is an activist for truth and for transparency. He tries to paraphrase smart mentors but he often paraphrases Jeffrey Lebowski instead. If you have a problem with his stories or his bias, talk to him. Call him out. If you’re right, he’ll be better for it. If you’re wrong, you at least got something off your chest. 

His true passion is music. It’s in his veins, always there. Kurt Vonnegut, a lifelong atheist, once said that “…virtually every writer I know would rather be a musician,” and that “music is the proof of the existence of God.” It turns out, a lot of journalists are musicians. If they’re not, they’re likely huge music fans. David's both. He also loves to cook, woodwork, write fiction (never for WNPR) and will probably continue writing about his trip to Ethiopia for his entire life (it was over ten years ago).

He loves being in the studio and being creative with sound. Radio is right up his alley. He enjoys telling people’s stories, holding the powerful to account, FOIA’ing and data diving, eating poorly and trying to find words to end this bio. How about an onomatopoeia? Bam. 

Ways to Connect

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As the state prepares to consolidate its community colleges, the system’s president has been fielding some tough questions from faculty and students in public forums.

University of Hartford.

A former philosophy professor from the University of Hartford is suing the school after he said he was stalked by a student with a mental illness for seven years, and the university failed to protect him.

Central Connecticut State University.

Carolina Riollano flew into Florida on a humanitarian plane that was packed with people. Most of them were elderly or ill. But Riollano’s reason for leaving her home was different. She came here to learn.

Central Connecticut State University.

Carolina Riollano viajó hasta Florida en un avión humanitario lleno de gente. La mayoría de ellos eran personas ancianas o enfermas. Pero la razón de  Riollano  para dejar su hogar fue diferente. Ella vino aquí a aprender.

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The head of a national organization to end housing discrimination believes that the recent harassment case at the University of Hartford could violate the Fair Housing Act. 

Students from the University of Hartford have been taking to social media over the university's handling of a dispute between roommates that ended in an arrest.

Damaged houses in Salinas, Puerto Rico.
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

When Serafin Mendez heard that thousands of students from the University of Puerto Rico wouldn't be able to continue their education because of hurricane-related damage to the campus, he decided to do something.

Damaged houses in Salinas, Puerto Rico.
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Cuando Serafín Méndez escuchó que miles de estudiantes de la Universidad de Puerto Rico no podrían continuar su educación por daños al campus relacionados con el huracán, decidió hacer algo.

Damaged houses in Salinas, Puerto Rico.
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Cuando Serafín Méndez escuchó que miles de estudiantes de la Universidad de Puerto Rico no podrían continuar su educación por daños al campus relacionados con el huracán, decidió hacer algo.

Chion Wolf / WNPR

Los estudiantes de Puerto Rico y de las Islas Vírgenes de EE. UU. podrán pagar matrículas como si fuesen residentes del estado para asistir a colegios universitarios estatales.

Chion Wolf / WNPR

Students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be able to pay in-state tuition rates to attend a state college.

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The state's 12 community colleges could become consolidated into a single school by mid-2019. The 12 campuses would remain open, but would be renamed the Connecticut Community College.

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It's only a matter of time before Michael McCotter says he'll lose his job.

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The state's budget crisis is hitting Connecticut schools hard, and special education programs might also be feeling the pain, even though these services are protected by federal law.

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The Connecticut Supreme Court heard arguments on Thursday in a landmark school funding lawsuit. State officials are appealing a lower court decision, that ruled the state's funding system was unconstitutional.

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