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

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Prison
3:54 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Leaving Prison: A WNPR Series

Jobs
2:43 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

Malloy Releases Bipartisan Agenda On Jobs

Governor Dannel Malloy has unveiled the agenda for next week's special legislative session on jobs.  And as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, he says the plan has bipartisan support. Malloy called for the session over the summer, in part because he wanted the state to present a unified front on economic development.

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Breast Cancer
3:54 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

CT Mirror: Ubiquity of 'Pinktober' Evokes Strong Responses

Turn on an NFL game this month and you're likely to see linebackers sporting pink cleats and gloves. Buy groceries and you'll have your choice of products -- from yogurt to mushrooms -- in pink packaging. As the Connecticut Mirror and WNPR's Jeff Cohen report, "Pinktober" and breast cancer awareness month have people's attention. Breast cancer is among the most common forms of cancer and kills about 40,000 people a year in the U.S.  But it's not the leading cause of death for men and women -- that's heart disease.

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Jobs
3:48 pm
Mon October 17, 2011

Malloy Talks Jobs In North Hartford

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Governor Dannel Malloy is getting ready for a special session next week focused on jobs.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, Malloy spoke with religious leaders in Hartford Monday about how to bring more of those jobs to the state's cities. Malloy sat at the head of a table of leaders of the greater Hartford faith community, and he came to reiterate what he says is his commitment to job creation in the state's urban centers. But people like Rev. Josh Pawelek wanted more.

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Hartford
4:16 pm
Wed October 12, 2011

City Treasurer, Mayor Reach Agreement On Personnel Issue

Photo: City of Hartford

In Hartford, city officials have been wrestling with a possible ethical issue for months.  The question was whether the city treasurer should be allowed to supervise his wife.  Now, as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, city officials say an agreement is near.

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Depression
4:01 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Mental Health Advocates Stress Screening

More than 19 million Americans suffer from depression, but fewer than half seek treatment.  As WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, Thursdsay/last week was National Depression Screening Day -- a push to get more people to the doctor's office. David Wheeler is a clinical psychologist at Natchaug Hospital in Mansfield.

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Politicians
4:16 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

The Bully Pulpit Of Public Office

Transportation
3:20 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Hartford's Star Shuttle Spared

Hartford
5:15 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Segarra, Cloud: Working To Avoid Appearance Of Conflict Of Interest

In Hartford, the mayor and the city treasurer are working to resolve a staffing issue that both say could look like a conflict of interest. WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports.

The concern is the treasurer's office, where Adam Cloud was appointed treasurer earlier this year. But also in that department is his wife, Nicole Plessy-Cloud. She works as a supervisor.

In an outside legal opinion sought on the matter in January, attorneys said that the situation didn't violate the city's ethics code -- but that it could should Cloud make any decisions about his wife's pay or advancement.

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Jobs
3:29 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Hartford Police Chief To Retire

Chion Wolf/WNPR

Hartford Police Chief Daryl Roberts has announced he is leaving the department at the end of the year when his contract expires.  WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports. Roberts has served as chief since July 2006 and is a 30-year veteran who worked his way up from patrol.  A city native, he was the hometown pick to replace Patrick Harnett -- the New Yorker who served before him.   And he's been known as a chief who speaks his mind about his city -- where young people and guns too often find their way to one another. But he's also had a rough go of it.

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Public Safety
2:55 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

State To Review Two-Plate Policy For Top Elected Officials

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Hartford
4:38 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

New Downtown Grocery Store Closes

Energy
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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Politicians
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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Weather
3:48 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Flooding In Glastonbury, Wrong Time Of Year

Weather
5:14 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

The Lights Are On In Jewett City

Energy
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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Transportation
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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