Jeff Cohen

Reporter

Jeff Cohen is a proud New Orleans native who now calls New England home. Or at least his second home.

He started in newspapers in 2001 and joined WNPR in 2010, where he is a reporter and an occasional fill-in host for All Things Considered.

In addition to covering state and Hartford city politics, Jeff covered the December 2012 Newtown shootings and the stories that followed.  Much of that work was featured on NPR.  Also in 2012, Jeff was selected by NPR and Kaiser Health News for their joint Health Care In The States project. That work resulted in several national stories, including ones on the Affordable Care Act and medical education.

Jeff was also selected by the Tow Foundation and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice as a fellow in their 2012 juvenile justice reporting project.

Before working at WNPR, Jeff worked as the city reporter for The Hartford Courant.  While at the Courant, he won a National Headliner Award for a Northeast Magazine story about the ostracized widow of the state's first casualty in Iraq; wrote about his post-Katrina, flooded out home in New Orleans; and was part of a team of reporters that broke the stories of alleged corruption at Hartford City Hall that led to the arrest of former Mayor Eddie A. Perez. 

He also worked at the Meriden Record-Journal and as a freelancer for The New York Times.

Jeff lives in Middletown with his wife, cats, and two trouble-making kids. Thanks to the kids, he's now writing children's books. The first, Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever!, came out in June 2014.  The second, Eva and Sadie and the Best Classroom Ever!, comes out in June 2015.  He likes to make bread and wine.

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Hartford’s Pedro Segarra was a reluctant mayor. He got pulled into it after his predecessor, Eddie Perez, was convicted on corruption-related charges and resigned. Now, his term comes to an end this week.

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Two issues are swirling in the capital city -- one is whether the new minor league baseball stadium will be finished on time and on budget. The other is $20,000 raise given to city Treasurer Adam Cloud that nobody seems to remember. And, soon, Hartford will have a new mayor in place to deal with both.

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The state-funded, off-the-air Back9Network has filed for bankruptcy, with the hope of emerging with an existing group of shareholders who will restructure the company. 

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Faced with concerns that the minor league baseball stadium the city wants built may not be on time or on budget, the stadium’s developers said that the city “breached” its agreement by failing to give the developer complete control over the project. But the city said the developer's claims are "bogus."

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Add Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra’s name to the list of elected officials who didn’t know that Hartford Treasurer Adam Cloud got a $20,000 raise.

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Hartford city Treasurer Adam Cloud has just gotten a $20,000 raise, but not one member of the city council remembers approving it.

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Nationwide, eight percent of children under 18 have asthma. In Hartford, that rate is more like 29 percent. There's now an effort in the city to diagnose and treat asthma better. 

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The head of the Hartford agency overseeing the new $56 million minor league baseball stadium project said he is concerned that the project won't be done in time for opening day in April. But the stadium's developer said that's not the case. 

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The off-the-air Back9Network allegedly didn't pay rent for things like video equipment and a robotic camera, according to a new lawsuit filed in state court. 

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Open enrollment for the third year of the Affordable Care Act is ongoing, but at least one deadline has already passed. 

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A federal jury has convicted insurance executive Earl O’Garro on three counts of fraud after barely 90 minutes of deliberations, the U.S. Attorney’s office said Monday.

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The effort to revive the neighborhood around downtown Hartford’s new minor league baseball stadium is gaining some big name support -- and a new hotel.

Hard Rock Hotel Hartford will open near the Dunkin’ Donuts Park, the new home of the Hartford Yard Goats, the developers said. 

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Hartford City Treasurer Adam Cloud took the stand in the federal criminal trial of former insurance executive Earl O’Garro Wednesday. Afterwards, Cloud said he had been betrayed by his former friend and maligned by the media. 

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Failed insurance executive Earl O’Garro took hundreds of thousands of dollars from the city of Hartford as part of an effort to enrich himself and buy a million-dollar beachfront condo in the Dominican Republic, prosecutors alleged during the first day of O’Garro’s federal trial Tuesday.

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The federal criminal trial of a former insurance executive who brought unwanted attention to Hartford City Hall begins this week. 

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Hartford Mayor-elect Luke Bronin says he's going to take a pass on the traditional inaugural ball, and he'll just take the oath of office in the early morning hours of 2016.

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Connecticut's hospitals are threatening to take the state to court over a hefty tax that amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars this year alone, and it's part of an ongoing  tension between the hospitals and Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy.

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The federal Securities and Exchange Commission wants to know more about the relationship between Hartford Treasurer Adam Cloud and the off-the-air, state-funded golf channel called the Back9Network. 

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Hartford Mayor-elect Luke Bronin is gearing up to take office in the early morning hours of January 1. He announced his transition team on Wednesday morning.

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One of the great promises of Hartford’s $56 million, city-funded minor league baseball stadium was that it would bring good jobs to minority contractors and workers. According to the developers, it has. They say they will meet or exceed its targets for minority hiring.

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Health insurance co-ops are companies that were given federal incentives to compete for business under the Affordable Care Act. Roughly two dozen of them set up shop across the country. Now, only half are still in business, and one of them is in Connecticut. 

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The Back9Network has been on life support since February, having burned through the millions of dollars it raised from the state and private investors. Now another group of people is being squeezed by Back9’s demise: unpaid contractors who built the network’s downtown Hartford studio. 

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The third year of health insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act is here. But the goal now isn’t just increasing the number of people with insurance. It’s also making sure they go to the doctor. 

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That Luke Bronin would win the mayoral election wasn’t exactly a surprise. In Hartford, the people who win the Democratic primary often win the November general election. And this night was no different. So the mood at Real Art Ways in Hartford was already celebratory long before Bronin got there.

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A former Rhodes scholar who worked in the administrations of both President Barack Obama and Governor Dannel Malloy will be the next mayor of Hartford. 

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A federal judge denied a motion to dismiss an indictment against former insurance executive Earl O'Garro Monday, clearing the way for trial to begin in December.

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The Major Arena Soccer League has canceled the upcoming season of Hartford City FC, the indoor soccer team that was to play at the XL Center.

"The MASL has decided to not go forward with the 2015-2016 Season," the team said on its website. "We look forward to bringing HCFC into the future." 

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A husband and wife who allege they were duped into investing in the Back9Network now say that one of their signatures related to an investment was forged, and the dispute is playing out in state court. 

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The developers of the $350 million stadium and related retail, housing, and grocery store in downtown Hartford now want to include a hotel, the city and the developer said Friday. 

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Hartford’s Ethics Commission has begun a search for disparities between state and city rules that restrict the use of public office for personal gain.

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