Harriet Jones

Reporter/Editor

Harriet Jones reports on all aspects of the business world for WNPR. She's covered such diverse issues as the threat to close Connecticut's submarine base, the sub prime mortgage crisis and the impact of casinos on the state.

In 2011, she created WNPR'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 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.

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.

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

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State officials are preparing to respond if there are any signs the Zika virus is being transmitted in Connecticut. Experts from several state agencies met Wednesday to put together a plan to combat the spread of the disease.

Casino giant MGM International won't get its wish for more details about negotiations for a potential casino at Bradley International Airport. 

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Governor Dannel Malloy's office released a report that it said proves the controversial First Five incentive program has been a success for the state’s economy. 

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As General Electric becomes a Massachusetts company, the health of Connecticut’s economy is once again coming into question. But the indicators show a mixed picture. 

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Members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation have written to the Secretary of the Navy asking him to reverse the decision to end maintenance of the president’s helicopter fleet in the state. 

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It’s official. General Electric is now a Boston-based company. The former staple of Fairfield, Connecticut takes up its domicile in Massachusetts on Monday morning, some eight months after announcing it would leave the Nutmeg State.

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The state may be chronically short of cash, but some traditions still persist. Tax-free shopping week is one of them; the tax break begins Sunday. 

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Governor Dannel Malloy’s budget office says it's releasing funds to several state watchdog agencies after igniting a storm of controversy by withholding the cash. 

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Jay Fishman, the chairman and former chief executive officer of the Travelers Companies, has died.

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Private employers in Connecticut added 3,000 jobs in July, but those healthy numbers were somewhat offset by more than a thousand layoffs of government workers. Overall the net job gain in the month was 1,700. 

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Governor Dannel Malloy’s decision to cut funds to several state watchdog agencies may soon be under legal review. 

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Governor Dannel Malloy says the state is following a long-term trend as it plans to privatize many services for people with developmental disabilities. 

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Connecticut is prepared to go to court with the state of New York over the right to dump dredged materials in eastern Long Island Sound. 

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Connecticut’s Department of Developmental Services says it will cut 605 positions, as it seeks to privatize some of its functions. Commissioner Morna Murray wrote to the Office of Policy and Management this week saying the cuts are necessary to save the department $48.6 million in this fiscal year, and $69.3 million next year. 

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Aetna is pulling back its engagement with state-based exchanges. 

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Most of Connecticut remains in a moderate to severe drought, despite the recent storms. In an average year, many areas would have seen at least eight inches more rain at this point in the season. 

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Hebrew HealthCare, which runs a nursing home, hospital and a wide range of care services in the greater Hartford area, announced it will lease out its flagship facility and restructure the rest of its operations under Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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Governor Dannel Malloy is seeking a new commissioner for the Office of Early Childhood. Myra Jones-Taylor has announced  her resignation, effective immediately.

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A couple of familiar names won’t be returning to the General Assembly this fall, after being toppled in primary contests Tuesday. 

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Rogers Corporation, a maker of specialty materials based in the quiet corner town of Rogers, Connecticut has announced it’s moving to Arizona. 

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Giant health insurers fighting legal action against their merger plans will get their wish for separate trials. The D.C.-area judge who was charged with hearing the government’s anti-trust suits against Anthem and Aetna said he will only hear one of the cases. 

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Cuts ordered by the governor’s office to three state watchdog agencies are raising questions from clean government advocates. Gov. Dannel Malloy's administration is under investigation by some of the agencies he’s targeted. 

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The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation has withdrawn its lawsuit against the state of Connecticut over plans for a third casino. 

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Two more health insurers have put their case to regulators for substantial rate hikes for next year. After Anthem’s public hearing before the Connecticut Insurance Department Wednesday, it was the turn of Connecticare and Aetna Thursday. 

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Health insurers Aetna and Anthem are both bargaining with federal courts about the upcoming anti-trust trial over their merger plans.

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Insurance brokers are concerned that they may no longer get commissions for business they sell on the state’s healthcare exchange, Access Health CT.

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Republicans in Connecticut said the state needs to put away its credit card and curb its debt habit.

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Stamford’s Purdue Pharma, the company that makes the controversial painkiller Oxycontin, has responded to a damning article in The LA Times that accused Purdue of turning a blind eye to abuse of the powerful opioid.

Tourism professionals have warned that eliminating funding for Connecticut’s regional tourism districts risks hurting the state’s economy. 

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Connecticut's new Port Authority has taken control of the state pier in New London, part of what it says will be a comprehensive maritime strategy for Connecticut. 

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