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
5:54 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Student Veterans Seek out OASIS on College Campuses

Veterans are among college students heading back to class this fall. At the University of Connecticut, more than 400 students have military experience. They're considered non-traditional students given the fact many enroll after multiple deployments. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports on one way campuses are working to accommodate their needs. 

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Higher Education
3:43 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

New Haven Promise Goes Beyond Just Scholarships

You've probably heard of New Haven Promise by now.  It's a scholarship program funded by Yale University and community partners which awards New Haven public school students who show academic potential.

But the Promise program isn't just about paying tuition for some.

WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with New Haven Promise Executive Director Emily Brynes about the program's community outreach.

 

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Real Art Ways
4:49 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Ethiopian Boy Shares Life With Photographer, On Display at Real Art Ways

Eric Gottesman

An exhibit by photographer, Eric Gottesman, has opened at Real Art Ways in Hartford. It's part of the art organization's Step Up exhibition series that profiles emerging artists.

Eric spoke with WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil about his installation, "Tinsae." 

The photographs  chronicle the conversations he's had with a 13-year-old boy from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

More about Eric at: http://www.ericgottesman.net

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Coming Home Project
6:15 pm
Wed July 13, 2011

Wounded Warrior Program Hires Iraq Veteran to Help Servicemembers

The U.S Department of Labor says nearly 12 percent of veterans who've served since 9-11 were unemployed last year. Twenty-five percent of them have service-related disabilities. The number of unemployed is expected to grow now that more veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are returning to a country trying to recover from the recession.  A small program by Congress aims to help veterans get back into the workforce. 

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Higher Education
6:37 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Children of Immigrants Cheer In-State Tuition Law

Chion Wolf

Dozens of teenagers, the children of recent immigrants, turned out for a ceremonial bill signing with Governor Dannel Malloy today in New Haven. As WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, advocates for the in state tuition bill that became law July 1, say  the moment was a long time coming.

The crowd of college hopefuls cheered Gov Malloy as he signed the bill inside the lobby of Wilbur Cross High School. Joining the young adults were immigrant advocates and congregational members who lobbied for the bill in their home communities across Fairfield and New Haven counties.

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Immigration
4:22 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

State Universities Working to Implement New In-State Tuition Law

Courtesy of Flickr CC by No Vision

On Thursday, Governor Dannel Malloy will attend a ceremonial bill signing for a measure that will help illegal immigrant students.

The in state tuition law went into effect July 1, allowing undocumented students who enroll at a state university or community college to be eligible for the in-state tuition rate. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the schools are streamlining the admissions process so these students will be billed correctly.

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Coming Home Project
6:13 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Clinical Trial to Help Veterans With Traumatic Brain Injuires

Many veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have suffered some type of brain injury. In 2009, the U.S Department of Defense found up to 90,000 troops had traumatic brain injuries. They require specialized care to regain such skills as concentration and memory. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the VA hospital in Connecticut is one of several in the country that will participate in a clinical trial to help these veterans.

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Healthcare
2:30 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

Malloy Expected to Sign Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

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A marijuana decriminalization bill is headed to the Governor's desk.  As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the state Legislature approved a measure where adults will face a fine instead of jail time for possessing a half-ounce or less of pot.

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Human Trafficking
6:16 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

New Britain Man Sentenced to Nearly 26 Years For Trafficking Teen Girls

A New Britain man has been sentenced to more than 25 years in prison for forcing two teenagers into prostitution. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, 31-year-old Jarell Sanderson was prosecuted under the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

U.S District Judge Mark Kravitz sentenced Sanderson to 310 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release for the sex trafficking of two 14-year-old girls.

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Healthcare
5:13 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Will This Be the Year Connecticut Legalizes Medical Marijuana?

Creative Commons

The legislative session ends next Wednesday, June 8, and there are dozens of bills that lawmakers have yet to take up. One bill that has bi-partisan support this year is a proposal to legalize medical marijuana. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports

The General Assembly passed a medical marijuana bill in 2007 only to see then-Governor Jodi Rell veto it. This year's proposal is similar; the bill would allow patients with certain debilitating medical conditions to obtain a prescription for small amounts of marijuana for palliative use.

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Human Trafficking
3:13 pm
Tue May 31, 2011

Sex Trafficking: a Growing Problem In the U.S

Photo by Chion Wolf

When you hear about the human trafficking of young girls and women, third world countries in Asia and South America come to mind but law enforcement officials and advocates against exploitation say its as pervasive in this country as overseas.

On VanityFair.com, writer Anne Fine Collins profiles a Connecticut case that was one of the first to be tried under the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

The case was investigated by a task force of local law enforcement and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's office in Connecticut.

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Human Rights
3:13 pm
Tue May 31, 2011

Sex Trafficking: a Growing Problem in the U.S.

Photo by Chion Wolf

When you hear about the human trafficking of young girls and women, third world countries in Asia and South America come to mind but law enforcement officials and advocates against exploitation say its as pervasive in this country as overseas. On VanityFair.com, writer Anne Fine Collins profiles a Connecticut case that was one of the first to be tried under the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

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Somalialand
4:37 pm
Fri May 20, 2011

Somaliland 20 Years Later

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This week marks the 20th anniversary of Somaliland, a region where residents are fiercely proud of their independence from southern Somalia.

It has a population of three and a half million with its own President, flag, military, currency, and parliament, all separate from Somalia and war-torn capital, Mogadishu.

But the international community does not recognize it as an independent African nation.

Here in Connecticut, there are about 200 families from Somaliland. They call themselves Somalilanders.

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Language
4:42 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

New London Graduates Must Know English to Graduate

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New London's Board of Education has been getting attention recently for adopting a policy that will require all students beginning in 2015 to know English before they can graduate. As WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the requirement reaches beyond the school district’s large student immigrant population.

A little more than half of New London tenth graders are proficient in reading and writing. Some point to the school district's diverse population as a reason.  Almost thirty countries are represented in the student body.

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Higher Education
5:17 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

In-State Tuition Bill Approved in Connecticut House, Now Moves to Senate

A bill that would allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates has passed in the state House and now moves to the Senate.  

The legislation would allow students who have graduated from a Connecticut high school after attending for at least four years to be eligible for the state tuition rate at a public college or university.

A similar bill was vetoed by former Governor Jodi Rell in 2007. But this year, Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy says he'll sign the bill into law.

Malloy's support is embraced by undocumented students like Carolina Bortolleto.

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International Relations
2:02 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

Local Pakistanis React to bin Laden's Death

Chion Wolf

Local Pakistanis are relieved to hear that Osama bin Laden has been killed by U.S. Special Forces.  Dr Saud Anwar, former President of the Pakistani American Association of Connecticut says it's "a high five moment" for  the United States and Pakistan. He spoke on WNPR's Where We Live.

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Citizenship
6:13 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Illegal Immigrant Allowed to Stay in the U.S

A 23 year old immigrant who was facing deportation has received news that he can stay in the country.  WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports.

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Technology
2:08 pm
Mon April 25, 2011

Smartphone App Teaches Teens About Healthy Relationships

Photo by Yutaka Tsutano, Courtesy of Flickr CC

This week, the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence is announcing a new way to teach teenagers about healthy relationships. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the message is coming right to a teen's cell phone.

There aren't many teenagers these days who don't have a cell phone. Smartphones like the Iphone and Droid are "the" phones to have because they allow teens to text messages, take pictures and videos, listen to music, surf the web and of course play a ton of cool games.

"I have a lot of games. My mom yells at me for having all the apps."

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Immigration
7:51 am
Thu April 21, 2011

Malloy Writes Federal Officials on Behalf of Illegal Immigrant

Governor Dannel Malloy has written a letter to federal officials asking them to delay deporting a college student. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the Governor's intervention stems from his support of immigration reform efforts that would allow college students to receive permanent legal status.

Mariano Cardoso is an illegal immigrant from Mexico who has lived in the U.S. for most of his life after his parents brought him here when he was a baby.

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Budget
3:24 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Mayors and Selectmen Lobby for State Aid as Labor Negotiations Continue

Chion Wolf Photo

Mayors and first selectmen from around the state  will gather at the Capitol Wednesday to urge legislators to not slash state aid to municipalities.

As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, the lobby day coincidentally comes just after Governor Dannel Malloy unveiled a contingency plan that would target municipal aid if concessions from labor groups aren't met.

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Housing
6:38 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

East Granby Woman Avoids Foreclosure With the Help of Friends and Facebook

Chion Wolf Photo

An East Granby woman was close to losing her home after falling behind on mortgage payments while she was unemployed.

Joan Wright-Lee found a new job but needed to raise $6000 to keep her home.
That's when her friends stepped in and created a website soliciting donations online. And through the power of Facebook, her story has been shared around the Internet thanks to her Facebook friends who posted her website address on their profile walls.

Wright-Lee spoke to WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil about this unconventional way to avoid foreclosure.

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Domestic Violence
3:18 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

More Victims Getting Help From Domestic Violence Services in Connecticut

A census on domestic violence services offered in Connecticut shows the need for them has grown in the last year.  

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Patient Rights
2:59 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

New Federal Rules for Hospitals Concerning Patient Rights

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Hospitals that participate in Medicare and Medicaid have new rules to follow concerning patient rights. Earlier this month, the federal Department of Health and Human Services implemented the new federal regulations that were first proposed by President Obama in 2010.

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