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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Insurance Survey
1:24 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Businesses List Medical Costs as Top Risk Concern

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The rising cost of medical care is the top concern of businesses surveyed in a new report by insurance company Travelers.

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Pharma Wars
11:52 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Pfizer's Quest for AstraZeneca May Be Over

Pfizer CEO Ian Read
Credit Pfizer

Pfizer's bid for rival pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca looks likely to fail, after the UK business turned down its latest offer.

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Road to Recovery
4:00 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

April Adds to Positive Jobs Trend in Connecticut

Connecticut added more than two thousand jobs last month, according to the latest figures from the state Department of Labor. It adds to the positive trend seen through the early part of this year.

The Labor Department always cautions that monthly figures can be volatile, and subject to correction, but April marks the third straight month that the state saw positive job growth. Employers added 2,200 jobs and the unemployment rate, measured through a separate household survey, dropped to 6.9%, down 1/10ths of a percent.

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Pharma Wars
5:01 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Pfizer's Read Defends Astra Zeneca Bid

Pfizer CEO Ian Read from a company video
Credit Pfizer

Pfizer's chief executive will face questioning by politicians in the UK this week over the company's bid for rival pharmaceutical company Astra Zeneca.

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Mortgage Crisis
1:33 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Homes in Hartford Top List of "Underwater" Cities

In Hartford, more than half of homes are underwater.
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Hartford has the highest rate of underwater mortgages in the country, according to a new report that says communities of color are most likely to owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth. But the city administration disputes the data on which the study is based.

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Regulating Risk
11:50 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Geithner to Speak at Yale

Timothy Geithner at the United States Department of Treasury in 2009.
White House

Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will give a lecture series at Yale this fall, based on his experiences during the financial crash.

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Made in Connecticut
11:56 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Connecticut Aerospace Companies Face Technological Leap

Pratt and Whitney's Pure Power geared turbo fan engine PW1100G.
Pratt and Whitney

Companies that supply planes and engines to commercial airlines are about to see a boom in business unlike anything that the industry can remember. There are more customers than ever before for airline flights, and alongside that, engine technology has taken a big leap forward. That means unprecedented investment, and Connecticut is at the epicenter of that change. 

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Green Power
11:04 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Fuel Cell Industry Still Strong, Say Advocates

A fuel cell installed in New York by ClearEdge Power,
ClearEdge

The market for fuel cells is growing, according to industry experts, despite the recent bankruptcy of one of Connecticut's largest fuel cell manufacturers.

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Defense Procurement
11:45 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Electric Boat Celebrates Historic Contract

Electric Boat in Groton is preparing to work on the largest contract ever awarded by the U.S. Navy.
Electric Boat

Electric Boat expects to hire more than 500 extra employees as it gets ready to work on the largest contract ever awarded by the U.S. Navy. The workforce can still expect pain in the short term.

The contract for ten Virginia class submarines represents five years of steady work building two submarines a year at the Groton yard, something that's been hard to come by in recent decades.

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Honoring Veterans
7:01 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Coast Guard Breaks Ground in New London For National Museum

The Coast Guard Barque Eagle docked in New London for the groundbreaking ceremony.
Harriet Jones WNPR

The U.S. Coast Guard broke ground for its new museum in the City of New London. It will be the first museum honoring the Coast Guard in the nation.

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Tourism
10:04 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Saybrook Point Inn Opens Historic Guest House

The Three Stories guest house is across the street from the Inn's main property.
Harriet Jones WNPR

As May begins, Connecticut's tourism industry is gearing up in earnest for the summer season ahead. And there's cautious optimism that receipts may be up once again this year. One Old Saybrook business is investing in the future.

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Jumpstarts
1:28 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Connecticut Invests in Transit-Oriented Development to Expand Jobs, Education Access

A rendering of the New Britain busway station for CTfastrak.
ctfastrak.com

Connecticut is to invest millions of dollars in an attempt to spur economic development along the route of the New Britain to Hartford busway, and the New Haven to Springfield rail line.

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Startup Culture
9:54 am
Tue April 29, 2014

How a Stamford Startup Is Disrupting the Online Ad Market

Bill Lederer and Ted Yang in the Stamford office of MediaCrossing.
Harriet Jones WNPR

Do you ever wonder how the banner ad that pops up on your favorite website gets there, and who chooses what you’ll see?

At the moment, the buying and selling of digital ads is largely controlled by big legacy agencies. But there’s a tiny upstart company in Stamford that wants to disrupt the growing market.

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Made in Connecticut
10:56 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Reshoring Reaches Connecticut Manufacturers

Operator Angela Hernandez performs a trimming operation and visual inspection on a prototype molding process at NPI Medical in Ansonia.
David Butler II Butler Photography, LLC

As World War II came to a close, manufacturing in Connecticut employed close to half the state's working population. Now it accounts for only eleven percent of employment. That dramatic decline over half a century is due to one irresistible force: off-shoring, and the loss of work to cheaper labor markets in Asia. But that force may not be so irresistible after all.

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Submarine Building
9:20 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Electric Boat Snags Biggest-Ever Navy Contract

A Virginia Class submarine built by Groton's Electric Boat.
Electric Boat

The U.S. Navy has given Groton shipyard Electric Boat the largest shipbuilding contract ever awarded.

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Marketing the State
7:47 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Connecticut Showcases "Revolutionary Thoughts"

Connecticut wants your thoughts to turn to a Nutmeg State vacation while you're finishing up the laundry.
State of Connecticut

Connecticut is “still revolutionary” all over again, with the launch of another year of the state’s tourism campaign. This time the theme is “revolutionary thoughts.”    

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Economic Development
6:49 am
Fri April 25, 2014

UTC Tax Package Headed to Malloy's Desk

A rendering of planned new headquarters for Pratt and Whitney.
Credit Pratt and Whitney

A $400 million tax relief package for United Technologies is on its way to Governor Dannel Malloy's desk after the legislation passed the state senate.

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Made in Connecticut
3:46 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Ovation Guitars to Cease Production in Connecticut

Ovation Guitars in New Hartford.
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Connecticut's historic Ovation guitars will no longer be made in the state. The New Hartford factory will close this summer.

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Manufacturing
10:15 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Will Connecticut Be Part of a Manufacturing Renaissance?

The machine shop at the former Swift gold leaf factory in Hartford, part of the state's legacy in the manufacturing industry.
Jonathan Haeber Creative Commons

Changes in technology, energy and world labor markets are all driving a manufacturing renaissance in the U.S., but some economists believe Connecticut may miss out, despite its storied history as a manufacturing state.

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Deregulated Electricity Market
4:51 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Regulators Say Electric Suppliers Must Improve Disclosure

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Utility regulators say independent electric suppliers in the state should be required to give consumers a clear disclosure about how much they're paying for power.

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Corrupticut
3:35 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Rowland's Woes Ripple Through 2014 Campaigns

Former Governor John Rowland.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

John Rowland may have been out of office for years, but both Democrats and Republicans are still calculating what his latest troubles may mean for this year's campaigns.

It didn't take long for the positioning to begin -- just a few hours after Rowland was indicted, the Connecticut Democratic Party issued a press release trying to tie Republican front runner Tom Foley to the former Governor's alleged wrongdoing.

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Computer Security
3:28 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

UConn Partners With Comcast on Cyber Security

Harland Quarrington Creative Commons

UConn will partner with cable giant Comcast on a new center to study cyber security.

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March Madness
3:19 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

UConn Bonds See Record Orders

The UConn Health Center.
Ragesoss Creative Commons

UConn's basketball dominance is great for school spirit, but it's also helping raise money the university puts towards improving its facilities.

Each year, the state treasurer's office issues UConn Bonds. If you buy them, you're investing in things like the improvements to the university's health center, or building new dorms or study halls on its various campuses.

Assistant Treasurer Sarah Sanders said they've always sold well each year since they were first issued in 1995. But this year was special.

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Smoking Concerns
1:26 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

E-Cigarette Bill Would Ban Marketing to Kids

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Two members of Connecticut's congressional delegation have launched a bill that would ban companies from marketing e-cigarettes to children.

But they ran into some vocal opposition during a press conference to launch the legislation.

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Standard Wage Legislation
11:59 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Bill Could Net the State $100 Million a Year From Low-Wage Employers

Fast food workers campaigned in Hartford last summer for higher pay.
Credit Harriet Jones / WNPR

A new analysis says large companies that allow their workers to rely on state assistance could be heavily penalized by a law currently being considered by the state legislature.

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Workforce Pipeline
3:43 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Manufacturers in Connecticut Continue to Seek Qualified Workers

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Connecticut’s manufacturers have a lot more confidence in the future of their companies, according to a new survey. But they're more cautious about the future of the state.

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Bioscience
4:50 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Pfizer to Host Bioscience Incubator

CURE's Susan Froshauer gives Gov. Dannel Malloy a tour of the unused labs.
Harriet Jones WNPR

A new bioscience incubator will be created in an empty building on the Groton campus of drug giant Pfizer. The state will also move its data center to the site.

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Legislative Session
2:33 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

New Limits Proposed for Connecticut's Independent Electric Suppliers

Credit Sarah Simpson / Creative Commons

Proposed new legislation would set new limits on Connecticut's independent electric suppliers, curbing what state officials are calling deceptive practices. The bill was introduced by Governor Dannel Malloy, Attorney General George Jepsen, and Consumer Counsel Elin Katz. 

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Defense Contracts
1:23 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Sikorsky Pays Millions to Settle Pricing Allegations

A Black Hawk helicopter flying over Iraq in 2004.
Staff Sergeant Suzanne M. Jenkins Creative Commons

Helicopter maker Sikorsky has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle allegations that it overcharged the military for spare parts.

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MFG4
11:09 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Manufacturing World Coming to Hartford

Governor Dannel Malloy tours MFG4 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford two years ago.
Credit Harriet Jones / WNPR

This spring Hartford will once again play host to the biggest names in the world of manufacturing, as the MFG4 conference comes to town.

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