John Dankosky

News Director/Host

John is News Director of WNPR and Host of Where We Live.  He started working in radio at WDUQ Pittsburgh in 1988, and has spent most of his career in public media.

Since coming to Connecticut in 1994, he’s helped to build WNPR’s award-winning newsroom – cultivating one of the most talented news staffs in public radio. He has reported for NPR on politicseconomic redevelopmentdrug crimeassisted suicidetribal recognition, immigration and a surprising number of stories about sports.  He’s also worked as an editor at NPR in Washington, and as a regular fill-in host for NPR’s Science Friday in New York.

John has won national and local awards for his reporting, and Where We Live has twice been honored by PRNDI as public radio’s “Best Call-In” Show.  He’s also won awards for editing nationally distributed documentaries on care for the chronically ill, the evacuation of Manhattan on 9/11, and the mental health of children.

In 2010, John accepted an appointment as the Robert C. Vance Endowed Chair in Journalism and Mass Communication at Central Connecticut State University, having previously served as an adjunct journalism professor at Quinnipiac University.  He has hosted countless political debates, along with live panel discussions for The Connecticut Forum, the Mark Twain House and Museum and The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.

John is a native of Pittsburgh who tells anyone he meets about the Steelers, the Pirates, the Penguins, The Andy Warhol Museum and Primanti Brothers sandwiches.  He lives in Winsted with his wife Jennifer, and cat, Dirk.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Obamacare: What's Working; What Isn't?

Pete Creative Commons

Obamacare is back in the news with the Republican takeover of the House and Senate. Now, many are asking: Will Obamacare be defunded? Our question is: What works under Obamacare -- and what doesn't? 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Celebrating Local Stories: Quilters, Singers, and Sweethearts

Joe Hudson.
Chion Wolf WNPR

When Laura and Joe Hudson moved to Bristol, Connecticut, they brought with them some of their Southern traditions. 

For Laura, that tradition was quilt-making. For Joe, it was singing gospel music. 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Rails, Roads, and Buses: A State Transportation Check-In

Commissioner James Redeker from the Department of Transportation stopped by in December, 2013.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker to provide updates on the latest transportation news including CTfastrak, I-84, and our regional railways. Also, as we head into the winter months, how prepared are the state's roads?

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed November 19, 2014

The Wheelhouse: Budget Blues, Young Republicans, and Remembering Judge Downey

The Wheelhouse takes a bird's-eye view of the week's news.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse brings together some of the best and brightest reporters to break down the week's news. As expected, the state budget faces a serious deficit and the Connecticut Mirror's Keith Phaneuf will explain what that means for taxpayers. Also, the Democrats will retain control of the legislature, but there are some intriguing young Republicans to watch - including a 20-year-old legislator! We will also remember Connecticut Judge John T. Downey, who died this week after an extraordinary life.

GUESTS:

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Can Social Networks Help Us Understand Our Communities?

Creative Commons

What if you had the ability to read the emotions, the thoughts, the concerns of your city in real time, at any time? What if you could then use that information to help your community -- to build stronger policies, and foster better relationships with those around you? 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

America's Changing Landscape of Elderly and End-of-Life Care

sima dimitric Creative Commons

A new report from the Institute of Medicine takes a closer look at end-of-life care in the U.S. The report, called "Dying in America", shines light on the quality of care available to those nearing the end of life -- offering some recommendations on how to make care more sustainable and accessible to patients and their families. 

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Time-shifting the News
5:52 am
Mon November 17, 2014

NPR's Clocks Are Changing! (What Does That Mean For You?)

Helder Mira Flickr Creative Commons

When radio folks talk about "the clock," we don't mean the thing on the wall (although we care how accurate those are, too). Our clocks are simply the schedules by which we run our mix of news headlines and features, underwriting credits and weather forecasts, and even Birdnote.

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Where We Live
8:22 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Connecticut Was Built By Rock (and Roll), Glaciers, and Lava

Chion Wolf WNPR

We take certain things for granted. Like the mountains, rivers and rocks around us.

So what made Connecticut look the way it looks today? As you kayak on the Connecticut River, drive over Talcott Mountain, or swim in Long Island Sound...there are millions of years of history underneath you.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed November 12, 2014

The Wheelhouse Has Election Withdrawal

Governor Dannel Malloy celebrates, and Republican challenger Tom Foley on Election Night last Tuesday.
Chion Wolf/Mara Lavitt WNPR

Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse has finally had a chance to breath after last week’s election that leaves the next four years looking a lot like the last four years in Connecticut. Our panel of reporters and analysts will close the books on the 2014 election and preview what’s to come in Governor Malloy's second term in office.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Remembering Connecticut's Role in Slavery and the Holocaust

Anne Farrow is a journalist and the author of “Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited From Slavery and most recently, “Logbooks: Connecticut’s Slave Ships and Human Memory”
Anne Farrow

Connecticut played a big role in slavery and the Holocaust...but most of us don't know about it.

First, a powerful New London merchant and ship owner sailed his ships to West Africa and the Caribbean for more than 40 years during the late 18th century to trade in slaves whose labor lined the pockets of his most respected family.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Connecticut's Plan for Energy Efficiency; Roundtable Looks at CL&P Rates

Kevin Dooley Creative Commons

According to a new scorecard from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Connecticut has dropped to sixth place in the national ranking of state energy efficiency. 

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A Radio Legend Passes
9:02 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Why Everyone Who Loves Public Radio Should Thank Tom Magliozzi

Tom Magliozzi of Car Talk
Richard Howard

Car Talk is the most important program in the history of public radio.

There, I said it.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Walking Into the Flames: Discussion With Connecticut Firefighters

Jessica Whittle Creative Commons

One of the most basic functions of local government is to protect its citizens. We talk with a panel of local firefighters who do just that.

When a fire breaks out, many Connecticut towns have volunteer forces that go to the rescue. What draws firefighters to this profession that includes a lot more than just fighting fires? Some Connecticut firefighters are even taking it a step further, and are going out west to help fight forest fires.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Thu November 6, 2014

A Voice for Connecticut's Homeless

Marc Brüneke Creative Commons

A report released by the National Coalition for the Homeless last month shows a growing number of U.S. cities are making it illegal to hand out food to the homeless. Since January 2013, 21 cities have passed legislation restricting food distribution. 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed November 5, 2014

The Wheelhouse: Who's the Next Governor of Connecticut?

If you haven't done so already, now you can throw out all those political mailers you probably received.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy claimed victory in the race for governor early Wednesday morning, but only by a razor-thin margin. Without final results, the best call he could make was, "We're going to win this thing."

Republican challenger Tom Foley, reluctant to concede, gave a speech announcing that yeah, he probably lost. Also still unclear: results of the races for secretary of the state, comptroller, and treasurer. 

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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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Where We Live
9:00 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Election Day Check-Ins From Across Connecticut

Will you vote on Election Day?
Chion Wolf WNPR

It's finally here. It is Election Day 2014! For the last year and a half, the field of candidates for governor has been whittled down to Dannel Malloy and Tom Foley (again). Petitioning candidates Jon Pelto and Joe Visconti have come and gone (kind of). And this year's race will go down as one of the nastiest in recent memory. But it's almost over.

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Election 2014
8:58 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Joe Visconti Drops Out of Connecticut Governor's Race; Backs Tom Foley

Joe Visconti in a WNPR file photo.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Just three days before the election, petitioning candidate Joe Visconti has dropped out of the race for governor. 

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Where We Live
8:57 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Freedom of Information and Our Eroding Open Government

Khalilah Brown Dean
Chion Wolf

This election cycle, the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information asked candidates to sign a pledge - to oppose weakening the state’s public document disclosure law, and to require that any attempts to weaken the law be subjected to public hearings and debate.  Only 10% of those to whom this pledge was sent have actually signed it, though. 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Election 2014: The Voice of America's Latino Voters

Maria Hinojosa, host of NPR's Latino USA.
santiagostudio.com

Latino voters are overwhelmingly more likely to support Democratic candidates than Republicans, but that has been changing in recent years. The national GOP has talked a lot about being more “inclusive”, even as voter ID laws in places like Texas seem aimed squarely at reducing the number of Latinos able to vote.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, Hartford's New Superintendent

Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez
Chion Wolf

Superintendent of the Hartford Public Schools has always been a challenging job. So challenging, in fact, that few in recent years held it for very long.

In the last two decades, the district went through various restructurings, flirtations with private education companies and state interventions, and was the subject of a landmark anti-discrimination lawsuit. The last two Superintendents - Stephen Adamowski and Kristina Kishimoto worked together to transform district schools - opening up a “choice” program and reorganizing around themed academies and magnet schools.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

The Wheelhouse: It's Almost Over!

Just six days before this can be you!
Credit Columbia City Blog (Flickr Creative Commons)

We're almost there. Today, it’s the final edition of our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse before next Tuesday’s election. We’ll check-in on the final dash to the finish line, from big-name campaign visitors (two Obamas and a Christie), to a state-wide bus tour for Tom Foley. Our panel of reporters and observers will fill you in on what you need to know in the last six days of the campaign. If you love political commercials, then you have six more days to soak them all in.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

"The Rise of ISIS" and What to Do About It

Fighters from the Islamic State march in the northern Syrian
Raqqa Media Center

A new PBS FRONTLINE documentary explores "The Rise of ISIS." Producer and reporter Martin Smith joins us to talk about his reporting from Iraq, chronicling the conditions that allowed for the so-called Islamic State to become so powerful. He was also on the ground when U.S. airstrikes began this summer.

We also check in with Senator Chris Murphy, who has been a vocal opponent to U.S. military intervention in the crisis, and with a Syrian peace activist who is a part of the Yale World Fellows program.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Election Check-In: Regional Reporter Roundtable

Toronto Public Library

We’re just over a week away from the November 4 elections, and, so far, we’ve spent a lot of time talking politics here in our state. But what about our neighbors to the north, east, and west? 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Two Years After Hurricane Sandy, What Have We Learned?

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Wavian Creative Commons

It’s been almost two years since Hurricane Sandy tore her way through the Northeast -- leaving behind a trail of destruction throughout much of our region. 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

The Wheelhouse: Candidates Attempt to Win Hearts and Minds

Joe Visconti, Dan Malloy, and Tom Foley debate in New London last week.
Tim Cook The Day

Gov. Dannel Malloy and Republican challenger Tom Foley may not be trying to make people like them, but they're trying to make the other guy look worse. Now, that Connecticut has the "least positive" race in the nation and the candidates remain in a dead heat in the polls. Malloy told WNPR earlier in the week that he isn't the most lovable guy. Meanwhile, reporters keep asking for Foley's state tax returns and he keeps refusing to hand them over.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Where We Vote 2014: Tom Foley

Tom Foley joined us for the final installment of our Where We Vote series.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse is postponed a day as Republican candidate for governor Tom Foley stops by for his final appearance on Where We Live in the 2014 campaign. We’ll catch up with him about the race, his plans, and the issues facing Connecticut.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Reporting or Sensationalizing? How We Talk About Ebola

Ebola ward in Lagos, Nigeria.
CDC Global Creative Commons

Last week, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Michel du Cille’s plans to speak at Syracuse University were unexpectedly halted when university officials “uninvited” du Cille -- citing concern over his recent trip to Liberia, where he’d been covering the Ebola outbreak. 

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Where We Vote 2014: Dannel Malloy

Governor Dannel Malloy on WNPR's "Where We Live."
Chion Wolf WNPR

We’re in the home stretch of the 2014 race for governor. Dan Malloy stops by our studio for the hour to discuss his record, the race, and his plans if he’s re-elected. As always, we’ll take your questions for Governor Malloy in our Where We Vote series.

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Where We Live
8:31 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Exploring Polish Culture in Connecticut

Broad Street, New Britain
Chion Wolf

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama went to Poland to celebrate the 25th anniversary of democratic elections in Poland. The speech signaled a continued strong relationship between the countries - something forged by the decades of immigration from Poland to the US - a connection that created large Polish-American communities in places like New Britain, CT. 

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