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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As state leaders meet to try to close a $370 million budget shortfall, advocates for transportation funding say they still believe a lockbox is essential to revamping the state’s infrastructure.

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The budget talks now have a number. Legislative leaders and Governor Dannel Malloy have agreed -- roughly -- on the size of Connecticut budget hole. 

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Bridgeport’s business community is absorbing the news that Joe Ganim will soon be back in the mayor’s office. It's a city that’s always needed all hands on deck to stimulate economic development, attract businesses, and boost employment.

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Just a short time after the polls closed, incumbent First Selectman of Stonington, George Crouse, conceded to his Republican challenger, Rob Simmons. Simmons claimed the First Selectman position handily, polling 2,893 to Crouse's 2,093. 

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It's not a conventional political career path, but then the man who's forging it is hardly known for following conventions.

Rob Simmons, former Second District Representative in the U.S. House, is standing for First Selectman in his home town of Stonington (population 18,000 or so).

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Just 40 minutes after polls closed in Connecticut, Democrat Michael Passero was giving his victory speech.

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A Connecticut judge heard arguments on Thursday in a dispute over whether the state Democratic Party illegally spent money on Governor Dannel Malloy's re-election campaign last year.

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Pratt & Whitney has congratulated Northrup Grumman on winning the contract to make the military’s next generation stealth bomber, but it still isn’t clear if the East Hartford jet engine maker will benefit. 

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A team from Connecticut-based non-profit AmeriCares is on the ground in Mexico assessing the need for disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Patricia. Patricia made landfall late Friday as a Category 5 hurricane, but weakened rapidly to a tropical storm.

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Aer Lingus has announced it's establishing nonstop service between Dublin and Bradley International Airport serving Connecticut and western Massachusetts.

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Unemployment among teenagers and young people in Connecticut stands at historic highs. New research suggests that those who suffer periods of unemployment early in their careers pay a penalty in terms of lowered earnings decades into their careers.

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Bradley International Airport is once again to get a transatlantic flight. Governor Dannel Malloy is expected to announce on Wednesday that Irish carrier Aer Lingus will add service between Hartford and Dublin soon. 

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Governor Dannel Malloy is calling the leadership of both parties in the General Assembly to meet him for talks on the state's budget crisis. 

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One in four Americans say they’ve been the victim of a data breach or cyber attack. And the perception of online risk is rising sharply, according to the new Travelers Consumer Risk Index.

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More than two truckloads of contraband tobacco products and $120,000 have been seized by Connecticut tax officials, after a four-month investigation into illegal tobacco sales. 

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Connecticut officials are celebrating a good summer for the state’s tourist attractions. 

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro is calling on the Obama administration to release the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, now that Pacific nations have reached an agreement in principle on the pact.

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Governor Dannel Malloy has not ruled out making savings in labor costs to help balance the state’s budget. Speaking on WNPR’s Where We Live, the governor said his administration will look for realism in upcoming negotiations with state labor unions.

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The search is on for a new commissioner of the Department of Labor. The current commissioner, Sharon Palmer, announced she would step down at the end of this year.

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Governor Dannel Malloy had his own sobering assessment of the state’s economic competitiveness Thursday as he addressed the Stamford Chamber of Commerce.

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The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes have taken another step in their quest for a third casino in Connecticut. The two issued a request for proposals, seeking formal bids from towns and landowners who would like to host the facility. 

A schoolteacher is believed to be the first person in Connecticut to sue Volkswagen over its admission that it rigged its diesel cars to cheat emissions tests. 

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The Phoenix Companies is to be sold to a newly formed reinsurance investment firm. New York-based Nassau Reinsurance will pay $217.2 million for the Hartford company, and then take it private.

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Of the 95 people being laid off from the Department of Labor because of funding cuts, only one is a manager. Officials from the Malloy administration faced questioning from lawmakers on the issue Monday. 

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A software firm that helps community banks comply with government regulations has been named as the fastest growing technology company in the state.

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Connecticut hospital executives are asking the General Assembly to intervene and prevent $63.4 million in new cuts to state Medicaid payments to their health care facilities.

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MGM Resorts International has announced plans to reconfigure the hotel it will build as part of its new casino complex in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Governor Dannel Malloy has renewed his call for a constitutional lockbox to safeguard transportation funding as the state ramps up spending on infrastructure.

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Connecticut's Insurance Commissioner has sold off stock she held in Cigna, her former employer. 

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Connecticut’s new budget is just three months old, but the Malloy administration has just announced that it must make emergency spending cuts. 

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