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.

fernando butcher / Creative Commons

Europe is Connecticut’s number one trading partner, so the seismic events of last week, as the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, are reverberating here as well. 

Office of Gov. Dannel Malloy

Controversy is growing around state Insurance Commissioner Katharine Wade. She's in charge of reviewing a $54 billion health insurance merger between Anthem and Cigna, but she's also a former employee of one of the companies in question. Should she recuse herself from the case? And what has been the role in all this of Governor Dannel Malloy, who appointed Wade last year? This hour, we take a closer look with a panel of local and national reporters. 

U.S. Senate Democrats

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal has written to the Department of Justice asking it to block both of the two current proposed mergers in the health insurance industry. Blumenthal believes the tie-ups between Aetna and Humana -- and Anthem and Cigna -- will be bad for consumers.

Harriet Jones / WNPR

Emergency rooms all over the country are seeing a huge surge in the number of people being brought in after overdosing on opioids or heroin. There’s no doubt this is a disruption for staff and a strain on resources. But one Connecticut hospital has decided this point of contact with the opioid epidemic actually represents a huge opportunity.

Office of Gov. Malloy

The notorious stop lights on Route 9 in Middletown are going away. The Department of Transportation has announced a plan to reconfigure traffic in the town, but it may take a while.

Office of Gov. Dannel Malloy

Connecticut’s Ethics Board has said it will look once again at the case of Insurance Commissioner Katharine Wade when it meets later this week. The board is responding to a petition submitted by Common Cause. 

geralt/pixabay / Creative Commons

Sturm, Ruger and Co. is among the gun makers to see its stock price surge the day after the Orlando massacre. 

rickpilot_2000, Wikimedia Commons

Two men have died and a woman and child had to be taken to a hospital after a party of four people set off from the beach at Hammonasset State Park Sunday evening.

Lauren Wellicome, Creative Commons

Airbnb, the home rental site, is the latest e-commerce company to succumb to Connecticut's campaign to bring its tax structure into the 21st century.

Rufusnunus, Wikimedia Commons

Corporate tax incentives are becoming ever more controversial in Connecticut. Government watchdogs said Governor Dannel Malloy can take some heat out of the debate by signing a bill that would give greater legislative oversight.

Pratt and Whitney

United Technologies CEO Greg Hayes has hit back at criticism of Pratt and Whitney’s geared turbofan engine, saying the new technology is delivering.

Office of Gov. Dannel Malloy

The body that represents Connecticut doctors said it’s shocked and deeply concerned about the decision of the state’s insurance department to raise no objection to a proposed mega-merger. The Connecticut State Medical Society has issued a Freedom of Information Act request over the Aetna-Humana case.

Harriet Jones / WNPR

A group of Connecticut investors is helping to fund the first human clinical trial of a new Alzheimer's treatment that its inventors believe could revolutionize the way we see the disease.

Harriet Jones / WNPR

Connecticut’s state college system is partnering with some of the state’s biggest manufacturers in an attempt to place graduates directly into open positions. 

Douglas LeMoine / Creative Commons

A group of state legislators is calling on the Connecticut Insurance Department to hold extensive hearings on the the proposed merger of Cigna and Anthem. The department just signed off on the other big health insurance deal between Aetna and Humana, without holding hearings.

vasabii/iStock / Thinkstock

As the pace of change grows ever faster, technology companies must innovate or die. 

Harriet Jones / WNPR

A Connecticut man who said he was sexually abused as a child at a private school in Massachusetts wants to see the statute of limitations on the crime abolished. 

Heather Brandon illustration / WNPR

As heroin and opiate addictions continue to spread among middle class communities, families who never thought they’d face this problem are finding out one simple truth: treating someone for an addiction can be really, really costly. 

Pratt and Whitney

Pratt and Whitney showed off its new Geared Turbofan engine "on wing" in Connecticut for the first time since it went into commercial service.

Harriet Jones / WNPR

Lawrence and Memorial Hospital is donating the life-saving anti-overdose drug Narcan to six police departments around southeastern Connecticut. 

Abandoned by Time Blogspot

An outdoor adventure park and a synthetic ski slope could be just some of the elements of a new development the Mohegan Tribe will undertake on the old Norwich State Hospital site. 

Chion Wolf / WNPR

The legislature has set lofty new goals for the state to create private sector jobs and boost its population.

Zillow

The boss is moving out alongside the company. The Connecticut house of General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt has been listed for sale. 

CLK Hatcher, Wikimedia Commons

The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority has reached an agreement to develop the former Norwich State Hospital site, directly across the Thames River from its Mohegan Sun casino.

Michelle Lee / Creative Commons

With only Democratic votes, Connecticut lawmakers on Friday passed a $19.7 billion Democratic budget that attempts to fix a projected $960 million deficit, but Republicans questioned whether the plan would solve the state's continued financial woes.

Mamata.mulay / Creative Commons

Municipalities across Connecticut are crying foul on the budget proposed by Democrats in the state legislature. 

Chion Wolf / WNPR

The state’s largest business organization seems to have angered legislative Republicans with its support of the proposed budget. 

Pratt & Whitney

Pratt and Whitney’s original engine has been designated as a national engineering landmark. The honor for the Wasp comes around the 90th anniversary of its first flight. 

Harriet Jones / WNPR

New London is the home for a new national partnership between the Coast Guard and its parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security. It’s focused on getting new technologies into the hands of Coast Guard crews.

Harriet Jones / WNPR

The U.S. Navy recently picked Groton's Electric Boat shipyard to build 12 new submarines in what could be a $100 billion contract. 

Pages