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.  In 2011, 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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Coming Home Project
9:42 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Senate Bill Would Restore COLA Benefit for Veterans

American Legion Post 96 Commander Ken Hungerford with Sen. Blumenthal and Linda Schwartz on Thursday.
Credit Jaki Lauper

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal promised to fight for a wide-reaching veterans' bill that includes restoring a cut to cost-of-living adjustments for military retirees.

The legislation, Senate bill 1950, is more than 300 pages. It includes money to help the federal VA eliminate its claims backlog, and extends the number of years that returning veterans can access VA health care. It also expands benefits for caregivers.

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Massachusetts Casinos
9:31 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Mohegan Sun Makes Its Pitch for Revere, Massachusetts Resort Casino License

Mohegan Sun's proposed resort casino for Revere, Massachusetts.
Credit Mohegan Sun

An overflow crowd packed the Boston convention center on Wednesday to hear from the firms competing for a coveted eastern Massachusetts resort casino license. Connecticut's Mohegan Sun is one of two companies in the running for the license.

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Higher Education
1:44 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Undocumented College Students Need Financial Aid, Too

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It's been two years since the in-state tuition law went into effect. It benefits students without legal status who have graduated from a Connecticut high school. The young people who fought for the in-state tuition law for undocumented students are launching a new campaign. Their new goal is to help these students access financial aid.  

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Coming Home Project
2:01 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Grant Awarded to Study a Legal Partnership with the Veterans Administration

Margaret Middleton is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center
Credit Courtesy of CVLC

A legal services non-profit that assists veterans has received a sizable grant to study outcomes for those getting help through the federal VA.

New Haven-based Connecticut Veterans Legal Center and its project partners in New York City received a two-year $700,000 grant from the Bristol-Meyers Squibb Foundation. 

Margaret Middleton, CVLC's Executive Director, said the non-profit entered into a first-of-its-kind medical-legal partnership with the VA Connecticut health care system four and a half years ago. 

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Coming Home Project
12:32 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Iraq War Veterans Reflect on Fallujah

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Michael Zacchea in Fallujah, 2004.
Courtesy of Michael Zacchea

It’s been two years since the U.S. military left Iraq. Some of the deadliest fighting was in the western cities of Fallujah and Ramadi, where more than 1,400 Americans died battling Al Qaeda insurgents. This week, news broke that Al Qaeda has taken control of the cities. 

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Coming Home Project
2:36 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Special Visa Program For Iraqis Extended

During the Christmas holiday, President Barack Obama signed a bill into law that has the potential to help more than 2,000 Iraqis. It extends the special immigrant visa program for Iraqis. 

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Veterans Affairs
11:31 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Connecticut Veterans Commissioner Leaves Big Shoes to Fill

Commissioner Linda Schwartz, State Department of Veterans' Affairs
Chion Wolf WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy's office is searching for a new Commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The woman who has held the job, Linda Schwartz, will be heading to Washington D.C. once the Senate votes on her nomination to the federal VA.

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Higher Education
1:19 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Adult Online Learners Add to Post University's Enrollment Increase

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Post University is one of several private schools in the state that's seeing enrollment actually increasing. According to data from the state Office of Higher Education, the for-profit independent school saw enrollment grow by 10.5 percent this year. 

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Food Assistance
3:18 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Foodshare Delivers Milk to Families in Hartford Region

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Foodshare distributes food to the Greater Hartford Region by partnering with local food pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency shelters. This week, its mobile truck has been delivering a product that's not usually available to families in need.

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Religion
3:51 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

A New Shepherd for Local Catholics

Leonard Blair was installed as new Archbishop on Monday during a ceremony at Hartford's Cathedral of Saint Joseph.
Credit Archdiocese of Hartford

Seven hundred-thousand Catholics in the Hartford Archdiocese have a new spiritual shepherd. 

In a ceremony at the Cathedral of St Joseph Monday, retiring Archbishop Henry Mansell stood at the doors of the church. It is the custom during an official installation. Mansell welcomed Leonard Blair as Hartford's fifth archbishop and told him,  "May you have health and happiness as the Archbishop of Hartford for many and glorious years."

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Newtown: One Year Later
9:00 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Recovering from Trauma: Therapists Reflect on Their Work in Newtown

From left, Valerie Gillies, Dr. Karen Alter-Reid, and Michael Crouch, therapists with the Trauma Recovery Network of Fairfield County.
Credit Lucy Nalpathanchil / WNPR

The discussion after last year's Newtown shootings was dominated by two topics: gun control and mental health. Many people focused on possible illnesses of the shooter, but there’s another side to the mental health discussion. In the aftermath of a tragedy, communities need help healing.

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Medical Marijuana
1:23 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Students Are Developing a Test to Detect Contaminants in Medical Marijuana

Students Renae Labonte and Jinyun Guat.
University of New Haven

Students at the University of New Haven are developing a DNA test that could detect contaminants in medical marijuana. Dr. Heather Coyle, a forensic botanist and associate professor at UNH, said patients using pot for medicinal purposes could be harmed by contaminants that they can't see.

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Child Health
9:34 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Sandy Hook Mother Talks About Trauma in Children

The mother of a child killed in the Newtown school shootings spoke to staff at Connecticut Children's Medical Center Tuesday morning. Nelba Marquez-Greene was a featured speaker during a lecture on child traumatic stress and PTSD.

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Courts
11:39 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel Released Today on $1.2 Million Bond

Michael Skakel in court on Thursday.
Credit CT-N

Michael Skakel walked out of Stamford Superior Court this afternoon after posting a $1.2 million dollar bond. He has served eleven years in prison after being convicted in the 1975 death of Greenwich neighbor, Martha Moxley when they were 15.

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Race
3:18 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Meeting in New Haven on Connecticut Racial Profiling Law

There's a state law that's supposed to deter racial profiling: the Alvin Penn Law of 1999. It was never really implemented until a recent revision by the General Assembly that states exactly how police officers should collect and maintain data on traffic stops. 

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Educating Families
12:03 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

A Plan to Prevent Domestic Violence

Credit Concha García Hernández / Creative Commons

On average, there are 15 intimate partner homicides each year in Connecticut. That's just one statistic from the state domestic violence fatality review report, but another stat has startled prevention advocates into action.

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Gun Control
7:58 am
Fri November 15, 2013

UConn Law Holds Panel on Second Amendment and Gun Control

University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford.
Credit Poughkeepsieman / Creative Commons

On Friday, UConn School of Law hosted a panel discussion about the second amendment and gun control in the wake of high-profile tragedies like the Newtown school shootings. 

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Coming Home Project
11:43 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Veterans Reflect on Military Service Through Creative Writing

Veterans' Day event at Fairfield University
Jason Neely

Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the Cold War era gathered at Fairfield University Monday night, November 11, to read from their creative writing. 

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Library Science
2:59 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

SCSU Plans Saturday Meeting for Library Grad Students

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Southern Connecticut State University is holding a weekend meeting for students affected by news that the library science graduate program has lost its national accreditation

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Coming Home Project
11:58 am
Thu November 7, 2013

A Marine Remembered

Justin Eldridge and his wife, Joanna Gallup Eldridge
Credit Photo provided by the Eldridge family

The VA estimates 22 veterans commit suicide each day. There’s a stigma that surrounds military suicides. When a loved one dies in this manner, grieving family and friends often don’t talk about it openly. But Joanna Gallup Eldridge of Waterford says their stories need to be heard. 

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News
6:54 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Marine's Family Decides To Talk Openly About His Suicide

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 5:09 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is a stunning number. Every day in this country, an estimated 22 veterans take their own lives. Often military families suffer these tragedies privately. But the recent death of a Connecticut veteran is very much out in the open.

Lucy Nalpathanchil from member station, WNPR has the story.

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Congress
8:34 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Connecticut VA Commissioner at D.C. Nomination Hearing

Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Connecticut's Veterans Commissioner spoke in Washington D.C Wednesday at her nomination hearing to a federal VA position.

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Coming Home Project
9:43 am
Sat November 2, 2013

A New American Citizen

Falah Abdullatif and Tim Coon.
Credit Chion Wolf

A few months ago we told you the story of an Iraqi translator for the U.S. Army who moved to Connecticut under a special immigrant visa program.

WNPR caught up with 49-year-old Falah Abdullatif on Thursday, October 31, right before his U.S. citizenship ceremony.

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Library Science
3:18 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

SCSU Library Grad Program Loses ALA Accreditation

A rendering of completed renovations to Buley Library at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.
Credit Southern Connecticut State University

Southern Connecticut State University's master of library science program is no longer nationally accredited. Earlier this month, the American Library Association heard Southern's appeal of a June decision to withdraw accreditation. Yet on Monday, October 28, the school was notified the ALA has upheld its original decision. The program had been on probation for several issues, including an outdated curriculum, and faculty productivity.

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Coming Home Project
3:54 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Afghanistan War Veteran Takes Own Life

Joanna Gallup Eldridge and Justin Eldridge.

Early Wednesday morning, WNPR learned of the tragic death of 31-year-old Justin Eldridge of Waterford. He was a Marine who served 8.5 years in the military including a deployment to Afghanistan. 

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Transportation
5:25 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Hearing on Metro-North Outage

On Monday, a congressional field hearing was held in Bridgeport to discuss ways to improve Metro-North railroad service after a power failure impacted thousands of commuters last month. U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal organized the hearing. He said inadequate management and insufficient funding in infrastructure led to the the breakdown in service September 25.

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Elder Veteran Care
9:15 am
Sun October 27, 2013

Elderly Veterans Must Move After VA Mistake

Some elderly veterans in Connecticut may not want to move out of a place they've called home for several years, said a Congressional delegation.
Credit SSgt Brittany Jones / Creative Commons

An audit found a big mistake by the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. Twenty-three veterans in Connecticut have been living at retirement homes, and the VA has been paying for them to reside there. But according to the VA, it's only authorized to pay for skilled nursing care. Retirement homes or assisted living facilities are not covered.

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Coming Home Project
9:23 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Veterans Affairs Backlog Drops; Critics Urge More Progress

Senator Richard Blumenthal speaking at the VFW Post in East Hartford. Iraq War veteran Jordan Massa stands behind the Senator.
Credit Lucy Nalpathanchil / WNPR

Despite the federal government shutdown, there was a decrease this month in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs backlog to process veterans' disability claims. The VA said pending cases dropped by 10,000 since September 28. But this doesn't mean the pressure is off the federal department to do more.

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Pet Shop Ban
7:54 am
Wed October 16, 2013

State Task Force Examines Puppy, Kitten Sales in Connecticut

Credit Ildar Sagdejev / Wikimedia Commons

Puppies and kittens are a big draw at pet stores. Their cuteness draws customers in and helps pet store owners make money. However, that may not be the case in the future. A state task force is holding the first of two public hearings on Wednesday on whether to ban the sale of cats and dogs in pet stores.

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Government Shutdown
8:47 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Connecticut National Guard Impacted by Federal Shutdown

The Connecticut National Guard was an assistance statewide during the Sandy aftermath. On November 1, 2012, emergency supplies were loaded onto trucks at dawn to make deliveries.
Connecticut National Guard

Congress has passed a bill to ensure active duty military are paid during the federal government shutdown, but what about the National Guard? There are direct impacts on the families of 5,000 Connecticut guard members who respond to both federal and state missions.

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