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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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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community
2:42 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Hartford Community Activist Dies at 67

Courtesy of Institute for Community Research

A woman who worked tirelessly in the community to enact social change has died.

67-year-old Marlene Berg was one of the co-founders of Institute for Community Research in Hartford. 

Berg had just retired from the Institute for Community Research as the Associate Director of Training this past January after working there for more than 25 years. Her colleagues remember her as a passionate activist and researcher.

"Marlene was one of the bravest people I'd ever met. She was never afraid to say anything to anyone regardless of the consequences."

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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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education
10:53 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Women From Around The U.S, World Come to Yale For Campaign Training

Photo Courtesy of Women's Campaign School at Yale University

Sixty-four women from around the U.S and the globe will be in New Haven next week for an intensive five day session on politics. It's put on each summer by the Women's Campaign School at Yale University. WNPRs Lucy Nalpathanchil has more

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Coming Home Project
3:34 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

An Art Group for Veterans

Photo by Lucy Nalpathanchil

A coffee house in Middletown is showcasing the work of artists who are also veterans. WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil has more

Al Kim works the night shift as a police officer for the city for the Middletown. During the day, he often hangs out at Klekolo World Coffee a few blocks from the police department. Kim is also a photographer and some of his work hangs on the walls of the small coffee shop. He points to one of them,  It’s a picture of the Swing Bridge over the Connecticut River.

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Coming Home Project
3:34 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

A Remembrance: Master Sgt Latisha Kennedy, a 20 Year Veteran of the U.S Air Force

Courtesy of the Gandy Family

There are more women serving in the U.S military now than ever before.  In fact, more than 255,000 women have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in the last decade. They may be your neighbor or your co-worker but their stories often aren't told.

As part of our ongoing Coming Home Series, WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil has a remembrance of a Seymour veteran who served in the U.S Air Force.

41-year old Master Sergeant Latisha Kennedy joined the Air Force right after high school.

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power and speech
6:09 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Powerful Men Talk A Lot, Powerful Women: Not Very Much

Courtesy of Flickr CC by HebeDesign

Does being outspoken help an individual become powerful in an organization?

If you're a man, the answer is 'yes' according to a study by Victoria Brescoll, assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at Yale School of Management.

But she found the opposite is true for powerful women. Brescoll spoke with WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil about her research.

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UConn Basketball
6:14 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Geno On UConn Ending CPTV Broadcasts: "Change Hurts"

Courtesy of Flickr CC by Senate Democrats

Coach Geno Auriemma is talking about UConn's recent decision to end its broadcast partnership with CPTV. The public television station had aired women's basketball games for eighteen seasons.  WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports

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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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Vaccines
5:40 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Temporary Shortage of Child Vaccine Nationwide

Courtesy of Flickr CC by Sanofi Pasteur

Connecticut requires almost a dozen immunizations by the time a child enters school.  As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports there's a temporary shortage of one particular vaccine.

The vaccine is called Pentacel and it's a combination vaccine that protects children from several different diseases.

Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio and Meningitis. Four doses are required before a child turns nineteen months old.

But if your child is due for his or her next dose of Pentacel, it may not be available.

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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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Bill
6:14 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Medical Marijuana Bill Passes in CT House

Courtesy of Flickr CC by Laughing Squid

The state House of Representatives began debating the bill Wednesday afternoon and it passed late Wednesday night, 96-51.

The legislation calls for only allowing residents with certain debilitating conditions to purchase medical marijuana for palliative purposes.

Erik Williams is the Executive Director of CT NORML, the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws. He says this year's legislation is much improved from the bill last session.

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health
6:40 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

CT House Passes Bill That Could Help Prevent Overdoses

Courtesy of Flickr CC by Mass Distraction

A study in 2009 found that drug overdose was the leading cause of death for 18 to 25 year-olds in Connecticut. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, a bill is working its way through the General Assembly that supporters say could help prevent drug overdoses.

If someone overdoses on heroin or vicodin, there's a medication that can counteract the effects of the overdose. It's called Narcan and under state law--doctors can only prescribe it to drug users.

This could change under a bill recently passed by the state House.

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Food Stamps
4:46 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

House Republicans Set Their Sights on Food Stamp Program

Photo by Chion Wolf

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro is reacting strongly against a decision by the House Agriculture Committee to cut $33 billion over 10 years from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program known as SNAP.

46 million Americans rely on the food stamp program. A majority of them live in households with incomes below the poverty line.

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Music
1:23 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Yale Harpist Competes In YouTube Concerto Competition

A Yale School of Music student is competing in an unique competition to earn a solo with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Kristan Toczko is one of eight semi finalists competing in a YouTube Concerto Competition. They're featured on the PSO's website, which calls this competition the first of its kind. The public is encouraged to vote until April 30. Those votes will choose up to four finalists who will then audition in person for PSO Conductor, Manfred Honeck. The winner receives $10,000 and two solo performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra this fall.

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Campaigns
5:23 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Mitt Romney Campaigns in Hartford, Says He'll Help America's Women

Photo by Uma Ramiah

Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, says President Obama's economic policies have hit women hard.  Romney made a campaign stop Wednesday in Hartford to deliver a message meant to win over female voters.

Romney visited a Hartford printing company, Alpha Graphics, owned by Karen Brinker of Greenwich.  He picked the venue to talk about what he calls President Obama's war on women. He says Obama didn't cause the recession but he has made it worse.

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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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Teen Violence
6:10 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Legislation Strengthens Protections for Victims of Teen Dating Violence

Tomorrow, members of the Judiciary Committee will consider a bill that strengthens protections for domestic violence victims. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports, a portion of the legislation aims to help teens in abusive relationships.

In 2009, ten percent of teens surveyed by the state health department had been in a physically violent relationship. Seventeen percent had been emotionally abused by the person they've dated.

These statistics led teens in Stamford and Norwalk to study ways to combat the problem.

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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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Coming Home Project
10:59 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Legislative Committee Considers Bill to Help Keep Veterans Out of Jail

Connecticut Veterans Legal Center

The General Assembly's Veterans Committee is considering a bill that could strengthen programs to keep veterans out of jail. Veterans who have served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars face a variety of challenges when they return home including physical and mental health issues. 

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Coming Home Project
10:47 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Business Boot Camp Gives Veterans a New Start

Black Knights Services

A version of this story aired on NPR's "All Things Considered" on February 29, 2012

A few months ago, WNPR reported on a unique training program for veterans at the University of Connecticut. A consortium of business schools run The Entreprenuership Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, which teaches veterans to be their own boss.

As part of our Coming Home project, WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil follows up with an EBV grad who is now a small business-owner.

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Immigration
5:38 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Support Grows for West Hartford Man Detained By Immigration Officials

ICE officer in the field, courtesy of ICE.gov

***UPDATE: Sujito Sajuti was released Friday, February 17. Immigration attorney, Rafael Pichardo says Sajuti was granted a stay of deportation meaning he can stay as long as he checks in with ICE on a regular basis. He was also granted a work authorization so he can be lawfully employed in Connecticut. Pichardo says Sajuti is looking forward to seeing his wife again. They've been apart for two months. LN

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Immigration
4:21 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

ICE Will Pay Hefty Sum for 2007 Fair Haven Raids

The federal government has agreed to settle a lawsuit by 11 illegal immigrants in Fair Haven who sued Immigration and Customs Enforcement for violating their civil rights. 

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Connecticut Casinos
3:06 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Connecticut Tribes Hope to Win Big With Online Poker

By Lucy Nalpathanchil

Connecticut has two casinos that generate millions of dollars a year for the state. 

And after the U.S Department of Justice cleared the way for online gambling, the Mohegans and Mashantucket Pequots and state officials are closely watching to see what kind of impact internet gambling will have. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports for NPR's Morning Edition. It’s a weekday but plenty of people are sitting at slot machines or playing table games at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

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Coming Home Project
12:21 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

UConn Opens OASIS for Veterans

Courtesy of Flickr CC by Copepodo

Veterans who are students at the University of Connecticut at Storrs will come back from winter break to a space just for them. It's called OASIS, or Operation Academic Support for Incoming Servicemembers.

The idea goes back to 2007, when the state Department of Veterans Affairs decided servicemembers who enrolled in college needed a place on campus where they could seek out support as they transitioned back to civilian life.

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