Lucy Nalpathanchil

Host/Reporter

Lucy is WNPR's All Things Considered Host and Correspondent. She reports on news stories in the Connecticut region and contributes to National Public Radio.  

While at WNPR, her stories have focused on immigration including New Haven's controversial ID card program, efforts for an in-state tuition law for undocumented students, and the Becoming American series: stories of immigrants and the citizenship process.  Two years ago, Lucy launched the Coming Home Project to tell the stories of returning Afghanistan and Iraq War veterans in transition. To learn more about the military, Lucy was chosen to take part in a week-long training for journalists hosted by the U.S Army at Fort Leavenworth, KS and Fort Leonard Woods, MO. Getting up at 3:30 am to participate in boot camp was most memorable!

Lucy has worked in several states as a public radio reporter since starting out at WDUQ in Pittsburgh. She's received awards from Pennsylvania's Golden Quill, the New York State Associated Press, the Mayor's Asian American Advisory Board in Jacksonville, Florida, the Connecticut Associated Press and the state's Society for Professional Journalists chapter.

When she's not in the newsroom, Lucy enjoys traveling, hiking around New England, and planning her next garden. She also enjoys cheering for her hometown team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.  She lives in Middletown with her family which includes two talented dogs, Sidney and Lily.

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Benefits
4:45 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Waterford Couple Reflects On DOD Changes For Spouses of Gay Servicemembers

Earlier this week, the Department of Defense officially announced it will extend certain spousal benefits to partners of gay and lesbian service-members. It's another step in a policy shift to treat all service members equally since the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

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Coming Home Project
6:12 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Clifford Beers Clinic to Help Military Families

Courtesy of Clifford Beers Clinic

A New Haven mental health clinic has received a federal grant to help the children of military families. The clinic aims to use the funding to fill a gap that exists in the VA health care system.

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Coming Home Project
4:47 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Veterans Commissioner Reflects on End of Combat Ban for Women

Photo by Chion Wolf

The state's Commissioner of Veterans Affairs is applauding news that the military is ending its ban on women serving in the infantry and other ground combat. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil has more from Vietnam veteran Linda Schwartz.

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News
2:54 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Advocate for the Homeless, Carol Walter, Dies At 53

Chion Wolf

A well-known advocate for the homeless has passed away.

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Newtown
1:25 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Bells for Newtown Victims Ring Across CT, Nation

Photo by Lucy Nalpathanchil

The sound of bells reverberated throughout the nation and in towns across Connecticut Friday, December 21 at 9:30 a.m. to remember the twenty children and six adults who were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School one week ago.

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Coming Home Project
4:22 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Formerly Homeless, An Army Vet Prepares for Christmas

Photo by Lucy Nalpathanchil

It's been five months since 16 homeless veterans moved into permanent supportive housing thanks to the American Legion Post in southeastern Connecticut. The Jewett City Post renovated its own building to create the apartments. The project was funding by the federal VA with help from private donations, Second district Congressman Joe Courtney, and the state of Connecticut.

This past summer, WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil introduced us to one of the new tenants, an Army veteran. She visited him recently as he prepares for his first Christmas inside his own place.

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Newtown
6:12 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Superintendents Work on Strengthening School Emergency Plans

Photo by Chion Wolf

School leaders are talking about ways to improve school security and crisis plans after the shooting deaths at a Newtown elementary school. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports 

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Coming Home Project
5:42 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Suicide 'Epidemic' Among Active Duty Military and Veterans

Photo courtesy of Truthout.org

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has called on military leaders to explore a "epidemic" of suicide among active duty servicemembers and veterans. Each day, 18 veterans kill themselves according to the federal Department of Veterans Affairs. In Connecticut, 30 veterans have died this way since 2009, but those are only the suicides that the VA knows about.

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History
3:08 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Work Begins on Connecticut Irish Heritage Trail

Courtesy of CTIAHS.COM

Several people are working to create an Irish Heritage Trail in Connecticut. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke to Pat Heslin. She's a member of the CT Irish American Historical Society and heading up the project after receiving a $15,000 grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development.

Listen to the interview by clicking the audio link on the left side of the page. 

You can learn more about the CT Irish American Historical Society and plans for the Heritage Trail here

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Coming Home Project
4:37 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Battle Continues Over Yellow Ribbons on Litchfield Green

Yellow ribbons are back on the town green in Litchfield after being taken down recently by a group that oversees the historic district. The ribbons, which show support of the military, were removed in late summer by the borough warden and burgesses. The members voted to take four of them down without telling town residents who have maintained the ribbons, specifically the families of servicemembers. No reason was given.

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Health
4:46 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Jennifer Jaff: Longtime Advocate for Chronically Ill Passes Away

Courtesy of Advocates for Patients with Chronic Illness

Advocates for those with serious health issues are mourning the loss of an attorney who worked for years on their behalf. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, Jennifer Jaff died unexpectedly late last week. 

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Coming Home Project
3:36 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

A Living Memorial to Connecticut's Veterans

Photo by Lucy Nalpathanchil

To date, 630 men and women from Connecticut have died while serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. A small group of Connecticut residents are working to create a living memorial to these service members. It will be called the Connecticut Trees of Honor, and the planned site is in Middletown's Veterans Memorial Park.

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Coming Home Project
6:21 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

A Bill To Help Veterans Targeted By For-Profit Schools

Photo by Chion Wolf

Congressman Joe Courtney has sponsored a bill that could help veterans who are in school or planning to enroll using the Post 9-11 GI bill. The legislation would change how education funding is classified from the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

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News
5:51 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

More People Without Lawyers in Civil and Family Court

Courtesy of Flickr CC by JimmyWayne

Some needing legal help find that their only option is to represent themselves 

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Immigration
6:22 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Bridgeport Employers Lead State in Foreign Worker Visas

Employers in cities across the country are requesting visas for high skilled foreign workers. As WNPRs Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the demand has increased in the last decade according to the Brookings Institution.

This is the first time a report has looked at the local demand for foreign workers who receive H1-B visas to legally work in the U.S.

Senior Research Analyst at the Brookings Institution, Jill Wilson says the visa is widely requested by employers across the U.S not just those in the Silicon valley or NYC.

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Coming Home Project
6:12 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Attorney Seeks to Improve Claims Process for Victims of Military Sexual Trauma

Connecticut Veterans Legal Center

A Connecticut attorney testified before Congress Wednesday on ways to improve the claims process for veterans who've been sexually assaulted while in the military. 

When veterans are raped or sexually assaulted while in the service, it's called military sexual trauma or MST.

The Department of Defense estimates more than 19,000 sexual assaults happened in 2010, but it's a problem that's often under-reported.

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Human Trafficking
5:37 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Teens Take Human Trafficking Campaign to I-95

Courtesy of Flickr CC by Ira Gelb

Students from Norwalk are raising awareness about human trafficking in an unusual way. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, they're taking their campaign to rest areas on Interstate 95.

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Coming Home Project
6:27 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

The Home That Jewett City Built

Lucy Nalpathanchil WNPR

Originally aired on NPR's "All Things Considered"

This month, more than a dozen homeless veterans will finally have a place to call their own thanks to the American Legion. A local Post in a small Connecticut town has been working for a decade on a unique project to create not transitional, but permanent supportive housing in their rural community. 

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Coming Home Project
12:02 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Federal Grants to Help Formerly Homeless, Incarcerated Veterans

Courtesy of Flickr CC by Mr G's Travels

A Workforce Development Board in Connecticut has received almosts $450,000 from the U.S. Labor Department. The Workplace, Inc. will use the grants to help homeless veterans and those who've been incarcerated. 

WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke to Joe Carbone, the President and CEO of The Workplace, Inc about the programs to help veterans. The Workplace, Inc is sharing in more than 20 million in grants from the U.S. Labor Department that were awarded nationwide.

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Immigration
2:49 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

CT Dreamers Praise Immigration Rule Change

Courtesy of Flickr CC by Jobs With Justice

Today's announcement by the Obama Administration that it will allow certain illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S. and have the ability to work without penalty is being embraced by undocumented students in Connecticut.

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Coming Home Project
2:37 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

American Legion Post Opens Housing for Veterans

Photo by Lucy Nalpathanchil

An American Legion post in Jewett City has dedicated the last decade to raising money so it could help homeless veterans. On Monday, hundreds of Griswold residents turned out to celebrate the project's completion. Post 15 renovated its building so to provide 18 apartments to veterans who need housing.

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Coming Home Project
12:33 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Attention on High Number of Sexual Assaults in Military

U.S Navy

On Monday, The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education in Stamford hosted a viewing of "Invisible War," an award-winning documentary about sexual assault in the military. More servicemembers who have experienced this trauma are starting to file claims with the VA.

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Coming Home Project
2:00 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Gold Star Mothers Tell Their Stories in Upcoming Documentary

Courtesy of Nick Forte

Two graduates of the University of Connecticut have teamed up to tell the stories of women who share a common experience. 

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Coming Home Project
6:36 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Student Nurses Learn How to Care for Veterans

Dr. Suzanne Campbell

Fairfield University is participating in the nationwide initiative, Joining Forces, to to help veterans. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with the Dean of the School Of Nursing, Dr Suzanne Campbell.

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Coming Home Project
5:23 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

HUD Grants Come to Connecticut to Help Homeless Veterans

Courtesy of South Park Inn

This month, the federal government awarded the state $1.46 million dollars from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development and the VA. The grants are known as HUD VASH and they're used to help veterans avoid homelessness.

The housing voucher program has existed for four years. Since then more than 400 vouchers were allocated to housing authorities across the state to help chronically homeless veterans, including women veterans with children.

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Coming Home Project
5:47 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Reaching Veterans With Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injury or TBI has been called the signature injury of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Defense Department data indicates more than 233,000 veterans have been diagnosed with at least a mild brain injury. But the number is even higher because not all veterans seek help. A non-profit and the VA have partnered to offer support to these servicemembers in Connecticut.

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Coming Home Project
4:52 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Analysis of Defense Department Records Show Veterans Wrongfully Discharged

March 23, 2012-An analysis of Department of Defense records shows that hundreds of veterans have been wrongfully discharged since 2008. The Vietnam Veterans of America allege that service members were incorrectly diagnosed with “personality disorder.”

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Coming Home Project
2:07 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Defense Department Mistakes Keep Contracts From Disabled Veterans

Photo by Chion Wolf

A 2004 law requires a certain percentage of federal contracting dollars to go to small businesses owned by service disabled veterans. But a recent inspector's report from the Department of Defense finds that in 2010, more than two dozen contracts were awarded to companies that weren't eligible.  

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Prison
5:51 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

State Supreme Court Rules Prisoners Can Be Force-Fed

State Department of Correction

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that state prison officials can restrain and force-feed inmates to protect them from life-threatening dehydration and malnutrition. Meanwhile, as WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the inmate who filed suit against the Department of Correction for force-feeding him is on a hunger strike once again. 

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Coming Home Project
3:45 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

DOD Budget Proposal Could Change Mission of Connecticut's 103rd Airlift Wing

Courtesy of The National Guard

Governor Dannel Malloy and other governors signed a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta voicing their concern with the DOD's proposed budget, specifically disproportionate cuts facing Air National Guard units. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports on how the budget will impact Connecticut's force.

Major General Thad Martin of the Connecticut National Guard anticipates there will be no reduction of the 1144 Guardsmen and women who serve with Bradley's 103rd Airlift Wing.  The Defense Department releases firm numbers on Tuesday.

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