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Harriet Jones

Managing Editor

Harriet Jones is Managing Editor for Connecticut Public Radio, overseeing the coverage of daily stories from our busy newsroom.

As a reporter she's covered such diverse issues as the opioid crisis, immigration policy, homelessness, workforce development and income inequality.

In 2011, she created the station's Small Business Project as a way to tell stories about the companies that make up 90 percent of our economy, but often get overlooked in the media.

She is the winner of an Edward R. Murrow award for her reporting on Connecticut's 2010 floods.

Harriet joined WNPR in October 2000 as Morning Edition producer and reporter. Born in Scotland, she worked for the BBC for much of her early career.

She has also taught broadcasting for the BBC at some of their international schools in Eastern Europe, delivering courses to journalists in Romania, Albania and Bosnia.

She was news director at Scotland's largest commercial radio station, ScotFM, and was lucky enough to cover that country's two biggest political events in 300 years - the referendum which delivered a new parliament, and the subsequent elections.

 

Harriet lives in Stonington with her husband, Bob Statchen, and their three children.

Hyde Campaign

Lev Parnas, a former associate of Rudy Giuliani, said he dismissed information given to him by Robert Hyde, a Republican candidate for Congress in Connecticut's 5th District. 

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The attorney for a Hartford woman recently released from immigration detention says she’s received notice that federal homeland security officials intend to appeal a recent decision in her client’s favor. 

Connecticut State Police officers lead Fotis Dulos, center, from the State Police barracks to a waiting car Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Bridgeport, Conn., after he was arrested at his home in Farmington. He faces charges he murdered his estranged wife Jenni
Chris Ehrmann / Associated Press

Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of Jennifer Farber Dulos, who has been missing for months, has been charged with her murder.

The New Canaan woman went missing after dropping her children at school in May of 2019. Her body has never been found.

Paul Bass / New Haven Independent

Connecticut continues to react to escalating tensions between the United States and Iran sparked by the killing of a senior Iranian general by American forces.

Sujata Srinivasan

Predicting the direction of the economy is a notoriously tricky business, and it may be even more difficult than usual as we look further into 2020. That’s because the year ahead is full of political and financial uncertainty -- both for Connecticut and for the nation. Connecticut Public gathered thoughts and predictions from some of the state’s foremost economic thinkers.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Tax season is upon us, and for low- and moderate-income filers, free help is at hand. 

VITA sites will spring up beginning this week at libraries, community centers and schools around the state. VITA stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, and it’s just what it sounds like: volunteer preparers, trained by the IRS, who will do your taxes on the spot -- for free.

Connecticut’s two Democratic U.S. senators condemned the killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani in a U.S. drone strike at Baghdad Airport Thursday night.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy believe the strike may lead to reprisals from Iran.

Murphy called the operation  an “act of war” and said he thinks the military leader will now be seen as a martyr.

Ryan Lindsay / Connecticut Public Radio

Lawmakers and state leaders joined members of the Jewish community at a vigil in West Hartford Monday evening, in solidarity with the victims of a stabbing attack in New York.

House Television via AP

All five of Connecticut’s representatives in the U.S. House voted to impeach Donald Trump in an historic session Wednesday. Only one, the 4th District’s Jim Himes, gave remarks on the floor before the vote.

Himes, who has been closely involved in the impeachment process as a key member of the House Intelligence Committee, said it is time to hold the president to account.

Chion Wolf / Connecticut Public Radio

Several members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation were quick to endorse the articles of impeachment unveiled Tuesday morning by the leadership of the Democratic party. Describing President Donald Trump’s behavior as “gangsterlike,” Rep. Jim Himes said he feels particularly strongly about the second article, obstruction of Congress.

Courtesy: WFSB

The death of longtime news anchor Denise D’Ascenzo is being felt across the state, and many of her colleagues continue to pay tribute to her work and her life. 

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

The federal Board of Immigration Appeals has indicated it will now recognize pardons issued by the state of Connecticut, according to the attorney for a Hartford woman previously threatened with deportation. 

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Campaigners against domestic violence say the incident in Watertown, in which two teenagers were shot to death by their mother’s boyfriend, represents a too-common trend.

Watertown police say that 16-year-old Sterling Jette Jr. and 15-year-old Della Jette were killed Tuesday night by Paul Ferguson -- who then died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Harriet Jones / Connecticut Public Radio

Connecticut’s first chief manufacturing officer says one issue dominates his agenda as he takes up his new post: finding enough skilled workers to fill thousands of open positions in the industry.

Ryan Martins / Connecticut Public Radio

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case that could be pivotal for hundreds of thousands of young people covered by the DACA program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. 

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Gov. Ned Lamont believes the state can no longer “kick the can down the road” when it comes to funding transportation in Connecticut.

Lamont and his administration will now move forward with a plan called CT2030 that they hope will improve the state’s transportation infrastructure and significantly cut down the time it takes the average commuter to get around the state.

Jade Allen / Connecticut Public Radio

A New Haven woman previously under threat of deportation to her native Bangladesh has been granted asylum in the United States, according to her son. 

Ron Dauphin / Flickr Creative Commons

The number of Eversource customers disconnected for nonpayment has doubled in the past four years. In 2018, the company shut off power 80,700 times.

Those numbers were the backdrop to a hearing Friday before the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority in Hartford.

Declan McEnroe / Connecticut Public Radio

Tens of thousands of homes in Connecticut lost power Thursday night as severe thunderstorms swept the eastern seaboard. Downed trees and power lines closed roads in cities and towns across the state, and dozens of school districts have delayed starts or canceled classes Friday.

Courtesy: Governor's Office

Cross-state cooperation on marijuana and on vaping issues headlined the latest meeting between the governors of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Ned Lamont, Gina Raimondo and Charlie Baker met in Providence Thursday.

Lori Mack / Connecticut Public Radio

A Hamden police officer who fired shots at an unarmed couple in New Haven in April was arrested Monday and released on bond. 

Courtesy: Techstars

The latest class of start-up companies being fostered by Stanley Black & Decker at its Hartford accelerator will show off their innovations Monday, in an event the company calls Demo Day

Jessica Hill / Associated Press

Seven people were killed and several others injured after a vintage WWII aircraft crashed at Bradley International Airport Wednesday morning.

Ten of those aboard were passengers who had paid to take a short flight on the B-17, while three were crew. One person on the ground was also injured as the plane came down, as was a firefighter. 

White House

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), a top lieutenant of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, calls the just-launched impeachment inquiry “decisive action.”

Earlier this month, DeLauro told Connecticut Public Radio's Where We Live that she was against impeachment. Now, she tells the show, the whistleblower complaint over Ukraine has caused her to change changed her position. 

Chion Wolf / WNPR

President Donald Trump Wednesday explicitly called out Sen. Chris Murphy over his recent visit to Ukraine, accusing Murphy of threatening that country’s president. Murphy has responded, accusing Trump of “leveraging away the international credibility of the United States.” 

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

The new president of the University of Connecticut says he’ll be unveiling a program next month to help low income students attend UConn for free.

Thomas Katsouleas said, at the same time, to mark his October 4th inauguration, the school will also launch a new campaign to raise scholarship funds to allow other students to offset more of the cost of college. 

Ryan Caron King / WNPR

In the hours before Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement of an impeachment inquiry, both of Connecticut’s U.S. senators were among those calling for the House of Representatives to begin proceedings against President Donald Trump.

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy issued a statement Tuesday saying that he was “deeply sorry that our nation must begin this journey toward impeachment.” 

Rep. Rosa DeLauro
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

The two most senior members of Connecticut’s House delegation, Rosa DeLauro and John Larson, now say they can foresee supporting impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, in the wake of the scandal over the administration’s contacts with the Ukrainian government.

Mark Pazniokas / CTMirror.org

Calling it the “most serious moment of the Trump administration to date,” Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy said the president has openly admitted to having asked a foreign government to interfere in the 2020 elections. And while he has stayed silent on the question to date, he said the revelations of the last few days over contacts between the Trump administration at the Ukrainian government may lead him to change his mind on whether House Democrats should begin impeachment hearings. 

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

One person has now died in Connecticut of the mosquito-borne illness Eastern equine encephalitis, and another case has been confirmed. Health officials say with EEE ‘likely to persist in the area,' Connecticut residents should focus on prevention.

The virus can cause brain damage in survivors, and there is currently no cure.

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