Heather Brandon

Digital Content Editor

Heather Brandon is digital content editor for WNPR. She previously worked as a producer for Where We Live, The Colin McEnroe Show, and news broadcasts. Heather lives in Hartford with her husband and three children. She has a master's degree in public policy from Trinity College, and a bachelor's degree in urban studies from Bryn Mawr College. 

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White House
6:26 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Watch: President Obama Unveils Executive Action on Immigration

President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on November 1, 2014.
Pete Souza White House

President Barack Obama is pushing the limits of his authority to shield from deportation millions of immigrants illegally in the United States, but the fate of millions more will still be left unresolved. 

Obama is set to announce Thursday that he is sidestepping Congress with his own action on immigration. Watch live below tonight starting at 8:00 pm.

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Cities
3:01 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Group Details Burdens on Connecticut Cities

Connecticut cities in CCM's latest report.
Connecticut Conference of Municipalities

An advocacy group for Connecticut's cities and towns is calling attention to what it describes as the disproportionate burdens on poor communities. 

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Sexual Harassment
10:07 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Yale Removes Cardiovascular Research Center Director

Michael Simons, MD.
Credit Yale School of Medicine

The New York Times reports that Yale Medical School has removed the director of its Cardiovascular Research Center, Dr. Michael Simons, after a university committee found he had sexually harassed a postdoctoral researcher. 

Simons was the former chief of cardiology at the Yale School of Medicine. 

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Demographic Shifts
3:38 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

College-Educated Young May Be Squeezing Connecticut's Urban Housing

Hartford, Connecticut.
Wonderlane Creative Commons

The number of college-educated people aged 25 to 34 moving to U.S. city centers has surged, up 37 percent since 2000, even while those cities’ populations have shrunk slightly, according to a report from economist Joe Cortright at City Observatory, a think tank based in Portland, Oregon.

The Hartford metro area saw a 25 percent increase of educated young adults living within three miles of its city center between 2000 and 2010, according to the think tank.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

The Young and Restless in Connecticut

Downtown Hartford on the Connecticut River.
Ricky Aponte Creative Commons

More young people are moving to the heart of cities, according to a report from think tank City Observatory. This includes cities that we usually think of as “economically troubled,” like Buffalo, Cleveland, and, yes, even Hartford. Some of these cities have been losing their overall population, but gaining in their numbers of college graduates in their 20s and 30s.

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Gun Safety and Sales
8:27 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Connecticut Religious and Civic Leaders Press Gun Manufacturers

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch in a WNPR file photo.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

A coalition of municipal leaders, police and clergy gathered in Bridgeport on Monday, calling on gun manufacturers to make their weapons safer.

Public entities like police departments make up a significant share of the U.S. gun industry’s market. 

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Connecticut Governor
2:26 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Gov. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Wyman Declare Victory in Connecticut Race

The Connecticut State Capitol.
Jim Bowen Creative Commons

Governor Dannel Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman declared victory in the Connecticut governor's race on Wednesday at the state Capitol. 

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Close Race
1:46 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Tom Foley Concedes in Connecticut Governor's Race

Tom Foley admits that he probably lost, but did not concede, at the Hyatt in Greenwich. With him at left is his wife Leslie Fahrenkopf Foley, at right his running mate Heather Somers.
Mara Lavitt WNPR

Republican Tom Foley conceded the Connecticut governor's race on Wednesday afternoon to incumbent Governor Dannel Malloy.

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Fourth Congressional District
9:43 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Democrat Jim Himes Keeps U.S. House Seat, Tops Dan Debicella

Rep. Jim Himes in a WNPR file photo.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Democratic Rep. Jim Himes has defeated Republican Dan Debicella to claim a fourth term representing Connecticut's Gold Coast in Congress. 

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Fifth Congressional District
7:56 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Elizabeth Esty Holds Off Mark Greenberg to Win Second Term in Fifth District Race

Rep. Elizabeth Esty in a WNPR file photo.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty has held off a challenge from Republican Mark Greenberg to claim a second term representing northwestern Connecticut in Congress. 

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Election Day 2014
10:42 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Election 2014 Live From Real Art Ways

The Funky Dawgz from UConn perform at Real Art Ways.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Polls are closed across Connecticut. Results were estimated to take a little while as many races were tight.

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Election Night 2014
9:23 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Photos: What I Want From My Next Governor

What I want from my next governor ...

In a word, what do you want from your next governor? 

We asked people visiting our election night coverage at Real Art Ways that question. Below, see their answers. 

These photos are a collaboration of Chion Wolf and Josh Nilaya.

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Voting Problems
7:51 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Denise Merrill: "The Vote Should Go On" in Connecticut

Denise Merrill in a WNPR file photo.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Secretary of State Denise Merrill said she will be filing a complaint on Tuesday evening due to what she called "gross dereliction of duties" by Hartford registrars. 

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Election Day 2014
6:45 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Two Hartford Polling Places to Stay Open Until 8:30 pm

Gov. Dannel Malloy's lawyer, Bill Bloss, outside court on Tuesday.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

A Connecticut judge ordered two Hartford polling places to stay open a half hour late until 8:30 pm on Tuesday because of Election Day problems, which Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy's campaign said deprived people of their right to vote. 

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Election Day 2014
4:40 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Did You Vote Today in Connecticut?

Essex Town Hall was the sole site for voting in a town that includes three villages: Essex, Centerbrook and Ivoryton.
Mara Lavitt WNPR

Now that election day is finally here, we'd like to hear how things are going at the polls for you. This year's race, one of the nastiest in recent memory, is coming to an end -- and your vote counts. Did you vote yet? Did you get a sticker? Check below for reporting from WNPR and around Connecticut as election day marches on.

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Student Work
3:02 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Voters Talk in Hartford's Bushnell Park About Their Concerns This Election Season

Justin Williams of Hamden said he thinks job creation is important in Connecticut.
CPBN

CPBN's Media Lab students stopped by Hartford's Bushnell Park last week to ask voters which issues matter most to them this election season.

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Election Day 2014
1:43 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

President Obama on Colin McEnroe Show: "Don't Be Discouraged, Hartford"

President Obama stands with Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy in Bridgeport on Sunday.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Democrats are working hard to get out the vote across the country, and that now includes a call-in from President Barack Obama to WNPR's The Colin McEnroe Show

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Election Day 2014
8:46 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Gov. Malloy Among Voters Delayed at Hartford Poll Sites

The Hartford Seminary, Gov. Mallloy's polling place, as well as that of Secretary of State Denise Merrill.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy was among early-risers who faced delays voting at Hartford polls. A spokesman for the governor's campaign said Malloy voted at about 7:45 am, 35 minutes after he intended. 

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Development Plans
4:49 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Development on Former New Haven Coliseum Site Gets $21.5 Million State Boost

Gov. Dannel Malloy announces a state investment in New Haven's Downtown Crossing.
Paul Bass New Haven Independent

Governor Malloy announced on Thursday a $21.5 million investment in phase two of New Haven’s Downtown Crossing plan.

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Gene Wilder
8:44 am
Thu October 30, 2014

"Blazing Saddles," and Gene Wilder, 40 Years Later in Stamford

Superfan Ria Scalish, at left, with her husband.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

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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The Business of Defense
3:44 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Electric Boat Says $10 Million State Loan Guarantees 8,900 Jobs

Electric Boat president Jeffrey Geiger with state officials.
Credit Harriet Jones / WNPR

Electric Boat will use a $10 million loan from the state of Connecticut to buy and refit a building from nearby Pfizer. The Groton-based shipyard is launching a $31 million program to expand and upgrade its facilities.

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Ebola Outbreak
8:02 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Connecticut Details Ebola Quarantine Policies

Gov. Malloy with state agency heads at the Emergency Operations Center in Hartford earlier this month.
Credit Office of Gov. Malloy

Connecticut officials are joining counterparts in other states in defending and detailing quarantine powers they've enacted as a precaution against Ebola.

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Transportation
7:53 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Woman Killed By Amtrak Train in Milford, Connecticut

An Amtrak train from a file photo.
Credit John Mueller / Creative Commons

A woman was struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Milford on Monday.

A Metro-North official said the woman was struck at 12:21 pm west of the Milford train station. 

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Science
9:29 am
Wed October 22, 2014

How One Connecticut Professor Is Finding Relatives of the Tomato

One flower discovered by CCSU's Thomas Mione collects nectar in unusual tiny pools.
Thomas Mione

A biology professor in Connecticut has spent 20 years traveling in South America to discover plants.

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Journalism
5:10 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Yale Holds Talk on Investigative Reporting in Time of Surveillance

Steve Coll speaks at Yale Law School.
Jeff Cohen WNPR

The case of Edward Snowden sparked worldwide discussions about the reach of government into the personal, and technological, lives of its citizens. One of those discussions continued at Yale Law School on Tuesday. 

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Film Festival
12:52 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Festival of Ibero American Cinema in New Haven Includes Tribute to Raul Julia

Raul Julia in "Kiss of the Spider Woman."

A showcase of the latest work by Hispanic, Portuguese, and Latino filmmakers opens Tuesday in New Haven: the New England Festival of Ibero American Cinema. There will be screenings and events featuring many of the visiting filmmakers. Everything is free and open to the public.

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New York
9:22 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Syracuse University Cancels Photographer's Visit Over Ebola Concern

Michel duCille.
Credit kalishworkshop.org

Syracuse University has "uninvited" a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer to a journalism workshop because he had covered the Ebola crisis in Liberia. 

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Election 2014
11:31 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Watch: Candidates for Connecticut Governor Debate in New London

From left, Joe Visconti, Gov. Dannel Malloy, and Tom Foley at the Garde Arts Center in New London.
Tim Cook The Day

Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy, Republican challenger Tom Foley, and Independent candidate Joe Visconti met on Thursday for a gubernatorial debate at the Garde Arts Center in New London. 

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Ebola Outbreak
5:27 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

New Haven Patient Tests Negative in Preliminary Result After Isolation for Ebola-Like Symptoms

Dr. Thomas Balcezak of Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Credit NBC Connecticut

Yale-New Haven Hospital confirmed Thursday that a patient hospitalized with Ebola-like symptoms tested negative for the virus, according to a preliminary notification.

The hospital admitted and isolated the patient, a doctoral student who recently returned from an Ebola research trip in Liberia, late Wednesday night pending an evaluation.

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