Jeff Cohen


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, published by HarperCollins Children's Books, comes out in early 2014.  He likes to make bread and wine.


4:38 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

New Downtown Grocery Store Closes

4:17 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Legislators Hold Hearing On Tropical Storm Irene

Municipal officials are giving Connecticut utility companies mixed reviews for their power restoration efforts following Tropical Storm Irene. As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, today/yesterday was the first of two legislative hearings on the storm.  They praised the work of the crews.

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Motor Vehicle Charges Against State Treasurer
4:19 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Hartford Police Union Gives Its Side Of the Nappier Story

State prosecutors and Hartford Police say there was no basis for the motor vehicle charges filed against state State Treasurer Denise Nappier last week that resulted in her car being towed after a traffic stop. Hartford Police Union officials say its officers did nothing wrong.

Nappier told the Hartford Courant that she had dropped off a friend when police stopped her. And she questioned whether being black, in a black car, in a black neighborhood may have made police suspicious. But, according to the police union, there's more to the story.

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11:13 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Nappier Stopped, But Police and Prosecutors Say She Did Nothing Wrong

Chion Wolf

Hartford's state's attorney said Thursday there was no basis for the motor vehicle charges filed against state State Treasurer Denise Nappier last week that resulted in her car being towed after a traffic stop.

And now, a spokeswoman for the Hartford Police Department is saying the same thing.

"She didn't do anything wrong," said spokeswoman Nancy Mulroy. "The chief began an investigation Friday, the officer has been reassigned pending the results of the investigation, and at this time there's nothing to indicate that State Treasurer Nappier did anything wrong."

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Health Insurance
5:24 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

Anthem Proposes Rate Increase For Individuals

Insurer Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is asking the state for an increase in the rate it charges for its individual health plans.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. According to a filing with the state insurance department, Anthem wants to increase rates by 12.9 percent for some of its policies.  Arielle Levin Becker covers healthcare for the Connecticut Mirror. "Anthem is asking for a 12.9 percent increase and it's across several different products that they offer, several different types of individual  market plans.

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3:48 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Flooding In Glastonbury, Wrong Time Of Year

5:14 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

The Lights Are On In Jewett City

2:39 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Malloy: Some Could Get Power Back Sooner, Others Later

[Photo credit: Connecticut National Guard]

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3:51 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

Malloy Appoints New DOT Commissioner

Jeff Cohen/WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy has appointed his interim Department of Transportation commissioner to oversee the agency permanently. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. Governor Malloy named James Redeker to run the department, which employs 3,000 people and oversees the state's highways, ports and airports. Redeker was appointed as the interim commissioner in March as the governor conducted a national search to fill the job.  But Malloy said that the national search eventually turned up the local guy. "It turns out that the right person was here in our own backyard.

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Post Offices
2:38 pm
Fri August 12, 2011

As Postal Service Considers Closings, Politicians React

4:28 pm
Thu August 11, 2011

Hartford's Democrats Ready For Primaries

WNPR/Jeff Cohen

Wednesday was the deadline for Hartford Democrats to challenge their party's endorsed candidates for mayor, city council, and other offices.  It went down to the wire, and that's because the city's Democrats have a party in flux.

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State Budget
3:11 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

AFSCME Video Pushes For A "Yes" Vote On Concessions

One state union is working hard to get its members to vote yes on a concessions package to balance the state budget. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.

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Hartford Business
2:41 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

Rethinking, And Rebranding, Hartford

Internet Privacy
2:38 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Jepsen Says Facebook Addresses His Privacy Concerns

9:47 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Segarra Wins Democratic Nomination