Lucy Nalpathanchil

Host/Reporter

Lucy is a WNPR Reporter and local host of All Things Considered. She's also a contributor to National Public Radio. Her stories have aired on several NPR newsmagazine shows including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.    

During her time in Connecticut, Lucy has 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! 

In September of 2014, she was selected to join military reporters around the country for a conference hosted by the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative in Washington D.C.

Lucy has worked in several states as a public radio reporter after beginning her career 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, and planning her next garden. She lives in Middletown with her family which includes two talented dogs, Sidney and Lily.

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It may be summer break but some high school science teachers from Connecticut and as far away as Thailand are in class this week to learn more about forensic science.  According to the University of New Haven which is running the training program, there's more demand for schools to offer courses in forensics.

For more details, WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with Steven Shiner.  He's the director of training at the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science at the University of New Haven.

The school has been running the program since 2005.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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.

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.

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.”

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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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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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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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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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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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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If you're a fan of the Bruins or the Rangers, it's looking pretty good your team is heading to playoff action in mid April. 

Besides catching all the games to satisfy your hockey cravings, you could also listen to a Connecticut band that sings about hockey.

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