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Patrick Skahill


Patrick Skahill is a reporter at WNPR. He covers science with an emphasis on health care and the environment. Prior to becoming a reporter, he was the founding producer of WNPR's The Colin McEnroe Show, which began in 2009 and won a PRNDI award in 2011. 

He writes about science for The Beaker. 

Patrick's reporting has appeared on NPR's Morning Edition, Here & Now, and All Things Considered. He has also reported for the Marketplace Morning Report. 

A graduate of Villanova University, Patrick holds a bachelor's degree in history with a concentration in Arab & Islamic Studies and a minor in Classical Studies. He holds a master's degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. He knows way too much about Seinfeld.

He can be reached by phone at 860-275-7297 or by email:

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Connecticut grocers said Tuesday they’ll limit the number of customers allowed inside their grocery stores. The new guidelines will cap crowds to no more than 50% of a store’s local fire code capacity and will be enforced by store staff.

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As the number of COVID-19 cases in Connecticut continues to grow, the state has been collecting lots of data, but there’s a potential blind spot: nursing homes.

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Gov. Ned Lamont said he asked the federal government on Thursday to declare a major disaster in Connecticut as the number of COVID-19 cases in the state surpassed 1,000.  

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As federal lawmakers worked on finalizing a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package, Connecticut officials on Wednesday detailed their own economic recovery plans for small businesses to tackle the “unprecedented” pace of jobless claims in the state.

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Doctors and nurses are finding themselves on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. But other health care workers are also putting themselves on front lines every day: pharmacists. 

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Connecticut’s schools will remain closed until at least Monday, April 20, as the state works to contain rising counts of cases and deaths from COVID-19. Meanwhile, Gov. Ned Lamont’s order that “nonessential” businesses statewide close for in-person work took effect at 8 p.m. Monday.

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Connecticut residents are being told to stay inside and avoid going out for all but the most essential reasons. Meanwhile, Governor Ned Lamont on Friday ordered virtually all of the state’s workforce to stay home, with exceptions for health care and a handful of other “essential” industries. 

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Two more Connecticut residents have died from complications related to COVID-19, bringing the state’s death toll to three. Meanwhile, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Thursday the state will postpone its presidential primaries to June 2 as coronavirus rattles what were once seemingly unshakable pillars of American democracy and daily life. 

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The first Connecticut resident has died from complications related to COVID-19. 

Gov. Ned Lamont announced the death Wednesday. The patient was an 88-year-old man who was a resident of an assisted living facility in Ridgefield.

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Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday there are now 68 COVID-19 cases in Connecticut, and “that number, in terms of people infected, is probably much more than that.”

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Connecticut residents continue to adjust to living under a public health emergency, as state officials implemented more measures Friday aimed at curtailing the spread of COVID-19

The number of confirmed positive cases in Connecticut is now 12, with an additional 7 Connecticut residents testing positive in the last 24 hours.

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State regulators have announced that utilities will no longer be able to shut off the water, electricity or natural gas of residential customers if they don’t pay their bills. The order came during a week when Gov. Ned Lamont declared a public health emergency in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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Gov. Ned Lamont signed an executive order Thursday prohibiting all gatherings in Connecticut with more than 250 people. The measure is one of several announced that could radically alter day-to-day life and business in Connecticut, as the state responds to growing numbers of people testing positive for COVID-19 in Connecticut and New York.

Gov. Ned Lamont declared civil preparedness and public health emergencies as Connecticut braces for the spread of the coronavirus.
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A third person in Connecticut has tested positive for coronavirus. Health officials said Wednesday the patient is a man over the age of 65 who lives at a private residence in New Canaan. He is hospitalized at Norwalk Hospital.

Paul Wade / NOAA Fisheries

Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban the sale and breeding of certain whales held in captivity. 

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

The nonprofit organization representing Connecticut’s 169 municipalities says more cooperation is needed to manage environmental fallout from a family of contaminants that have remained in products for decades.

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More than 100,000 Connecticut consumers could soon see a refund on their electric bills if they used a third-party electric supplier.

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The Metropolitan District Commission approved a controversial water discount for high-volume users Monday night. Right now, the measure stands to benefit only one customer: Niagara Bottling, a bottled water company.

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The Metropolitan District Commission is slated to vote Monday night on a water proposal that would give a discount to its biggest customer, a bottled water company. 

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If you rent or can’t put solar panels on your roof but you want to support solar energy, you can subscribe to what’s called “shared solar” and get a credit to lower your electric bill. But regulators in Connecticut say the state’s two biggest electric utilities are dragging their feet on developing rules for the program.

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This year residents of Waterbury could be seeing a number of trees trimmed or removed. That’s because nearly 170 miles of city streets are slated to be targeted by tree trimming crews from Eversource, the state’s largest utility.

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Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

The proposed budget adjustments announced earlier this month by Gov. Ned Lamont include the addition of nearly $1 million to address a growing environmental concern: per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

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After months of negotiation, Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont said a deal to revitalize State Pier in New London is finalized. 

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Holding colorful picket signs, wearing shirts reading “Frack No” and doing lots of chanting, protesters made their way from the headquarters of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in Hartford to the steps of the state Capitol Wednesday afternoon.

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Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

State officials announced Tuesday that PFAS levels in a polluted portion of the Farmington River appear to be dropping. As a result, an earlier ban on eating fish taken from the river has been relaxed to one meal a month.  

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Paige Cox and I can relate. When it comes to climbing ice, we’re both freaked out. 

“It’s water and it melts. I’m terrified. But it’s going to be great,” Cox said.

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The state’s commissioner of energy and environmental protection said Wednesday that Connecticut is being forced to invest in natural gas plants it doesn’t want or need.

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A federal appeals court has upheld the creation of the Atlantic Ocean’s first marine national monument. It’s the latest judicial validation for an Obama-era decision, which was praised by environmentalists.

Paddy Abramowicz

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday in support of a bill to aggressively police a family of “forever” chemicals, but the bill faces an uphill battle to become law. 

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Connecticut and two other states have withdrawn a federal lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency. At issue was pollution from Pennsylvania and Virginia blowing into the Northeast.