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Heather Brandon

Digital Content Editor

Heather Brandon is digital content editor for WNPR. She lives in Hartford with her husband and three children. Heather previously worked as a producer for Where We LiveThe Colin McEnroe Show, and news broadcasts. She created and authored the Hartford and Springfield blog Urban Compass, which focused on local urban development, politics, and community building.

Prior to writing the blog, Heather co-owned a graphic design and website development business, and founded and edited an all-volunteer youth zine.

Heather grew up in Pittsburgh and relocated to New England in 1994. She has a master's degree in public policy from Trinity College, and a bachelor's degree in Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College. 

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After months of non-stop coverage and politicking, voters got the final say on Tuesday to cap off the 2016 election. WNPR went to several cities and towns in Connecticut to talk with them on the final day of a long campaign season.

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton faced off in the third and final presidential debate of the campaign on Wednesday night. The debate took place at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton faced off in the second presidential debate Sunday night at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine face off for the first and only vice presidential debate Tuesday night in Virginia.

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Oct 4, 2016
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The final resting place of the first African American woman to receive a degree from Yale University is now marked by a monument detailing her life's accomplishments.

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Sep 28, 2016
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What have you always wondered about? WNPR is taking your questions.

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The Democratic and Republican candidates for president debate for the first time on Monday night. Join us for live coverage and analysis.

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Editor's note: Gene Wilder died Sunday at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. In 2014, WNPR's Jeff Cohen reported on a screening of "Blazing Saddles" with Wilder in attendance, followed by a Q&A with the actor. This was first published on October 30, 2014. It's been 40 years since the release of the Mel Brooks' movie Blazing Saddles. I recently went to an anniversary screening and in the audience was one of the movie's stars: Gene Wilder.

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Two painted storks are making their public debut at Brooklyn's Prospect Park Zoo, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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U.S. Senator Chris Murphy gave an impassioned speech about gun control at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia Wednesday night, telling the crowd he has a sense of outrage he's never felt before.

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On Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton became the first woman nominated for president by a major U.S. political party.

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Drought conditions are affecting much of the northeast. In Connecticut, the entire state is either abnormally dry or experiencing moderate drought, with the driest parts in Hartford County, New Haven County, and most of Litchfield County. Federal authorities said that large parts of New York and Massachusetts are among the hardest hit by the dry weather.

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A state judge in Bridgeport, Connecticut heard arguments on Monday about whether a lawsuit against a gun manufacturer has legal merit to move forward.

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Senate Democrats called for action on gun control legislation Thursday following a 15-hour filibuster led by Democratic Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy.

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Work isn't what it used to be as organizations make a cultural shift. We can't count on jobs for life, and it can even be hard to tell what the rules are for making a living.

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PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, are known as one of the 12 most harmful organic chemicals in the world . But the material has been used in building construction for decades, and has become a complex problem affecting cities, schools, and individuals in many states.

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Connecticut legislators adjourned late Wednesday without passing a state budget or Governor Dannel Malloy's criminal justice bill.

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Preliminary voter turnout numbers are high for Tuesday’s Connecticut primary, which was won by the Republican and Democratic front-runners.

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Donald Trump has swept the five Republican presidential primaries on Tuesday, including a win in Connecticut. Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary in Connecticut. She also won in Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. Bernie Sanders won in Rhode Island.

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What if commuting between Connecticut and Long Island meant hopping into a car and driving through a tunnel deep below Long Island Sound? Sounds far-fetched, right? Well, if you're New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, you might not think so . And if you're Amtrak, you might think it shouldn't be cars driving under the Sound, but trains connecting the Northeast Corridor .

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Governor Dannel Malloy seems to be at odds with his transportation commissioner over the issue of congestion pricing . It’s a way to discourage drivers from using highways, but its place in the state’s comprehensive transportation plan is uncertain.

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Governor Dannel Malloy’s transportation goals for the state include a plan to widen the entire length of I-95 in Connecticut. The state’s transportation commissioner said on WNPR Friday that the widening plan is actually tied to congestion pricing to discourage highway use.

Watch How This Hustler Does His Work

Jan 29, 2016
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The art of the con can be pretty fascinating, but we often make the mistake of thinking we’re not vulnerable. One hustler stopped by WNPR to demonstrate how it’s done.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has some big changes planned for Penn Station in New York City. Among them: he wants to connect it to Metro-North, with a plan to build four new stations in The Bronx.

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