Ray Hardman

Host/Reporter

Ray Hardman began his broadcasting career at WFSU in Tallahassee Florida where he served at different times as a producer, Operations manager, and Morning Edition host. Ray joined the WNPR staff in 1996, as a reporter and host. He later became the Music Director for WNPR, and in 2002 he went back to his newsy roots as the host of WNPR’s Morning Edition.

From 2002 to 2009 Ray divided his time between WNPR and CPTV, first serving as a correspondent on CPTV’s news magazine Main Street. He later became the host of Main Street, and from 2005 to 2009 was the host and producer for CPTV’s Front and Center with Ray Hardman.

Ray holds degrees from St. Mary's College of Maryland and Florida State University. In his spare time, Ray fronts a garage band called The Radiation.  Ray lives in West Hartford with his wife Kathleen, and their sons Benjamin and Jackson. 

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In the wake of the on-air shooting death earlier this week of Alison Parker and Adam Ward, two television journalists from WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy is calling on Congress to act “in any way, shape or form” to reduce gun violence in America. 

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The Yale University Art Gallery is launching a major exhibition of works by American Photographer Donald Blumberg. The exhibit covers the span of his long career, from candid New York street scenes from the '60s to his latest photographs, still shots of TV shows with closed captioning.

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal is asking the Federal Aviation Administration to impose stricter regulations on drone users after a string of recent near misses with planes and helicopters. Consumer drones have also recently hindered the work of firefighters battling wildfires in the West.

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The search for a Hartford mother who has been missing for a week has ended in tragedy. The body of 23-year-old Tashuana Jackson was found in Bloomfield on Tuesday.

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The Hartford Symphony Orchestra is asking its players to take a big pay cut. Meanwhile, the musicians are looking for a better deal, and wonder, "How do you build the symphony by cutting it?" 

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From 1901 to 1953, Indian motorcycles were manufactured in Springfield Massachusetts. But the first Indian motorcycle, the first prototypes, were actually built in Middletown, Connecticut.

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Last month, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared heroin use a national public health crisis. Connecticut, like much of the rest of country, is grappling with an alarming rise in heroin and opiate painkiller addiction and overdose. 

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The Connecticut General Assembly’s Committee on Children met on Wednesday to learn more about the conditions at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School for boys and the nearby Pueblo Unit for girls. 

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The Litchfield Jazz festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this weekend. Friday's opening night will include a special tribute to Connecticut jazz legend Thomas Chapin, who died of leukemia in 1941.

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Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy joined Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty and gun safety advocates in Hartford on Monday to urge firearms dealers to wait until background checks are complete before selling a weapon. 

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A 25-year-old man has died after a Saturday night shooting in Hartford in the city's 20th homicide this year. There were 19 in all of 2014.

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Musicians from the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and supporters gathered for a rally on Thursday at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. 

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Governor Dannel Malloy has signed into law a bill that better protects underage victims of sex trafficking, while giving police more tools to identify and prosecute traffickers.

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Earlier this week, the state Department of Children and Families took emergency steps to protect children incarcerated at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School and the Pueblo Girls Unit, including the phase out of face-down and mechanical restraints, expanded clinical staffing, and required counseling sessions when a youth is in isolation.

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The average worker in Connecticut cannot afford rent on a two-bedroom apartment, according to a new study by the National Low Income Housing Coalition. A renter must earn $24.29 an hour to afford a two-bedroom in Connecticut according to the NLIHC’s Out of Reach report.

Governor Dannel Malloy's top criminal justice adviser said federal legislation penalizing so called "sanctuary cities" would have virtually no impact in Connecticut. 

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A new report by the state Office of the Child Advocate reveals dangerous safety issues for children incarcerated at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School and the Pueblo Girls Unit.

"What are we trying to accomplish for these youth, and can you really accomplish meaningful treatment, meaningful trauma-informed treatment, in a juvenile prison?" asked Connecticut's Child Advocate Sarah Eagan.

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State officials are urging federal lawmakers to reconsider several bills aimed at improving cybersecurity.

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Lawmakers gathered in Hartford on Monday for a poorly-attended veto session.

Republicans in the House of Representatives resurrected a bill that would have required the Commissioner of the State Department of Education to have a strong background in teaching.

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As details start to trickle in about the circumstances that led to the death of 7-month-old Aaden Moreno last Sunday in Middletown, the State's Child Advocate is looking at whether this tragedy was avoidable.

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Yale School of Medicine's play2Prevent video game lab has developed a card game that helps young black women make the right choices when it comes to reducing the risk of HIV infection.

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New Haven Mayor Toni Harp and city transportation officials have announced the next phase of GoNewHavenGo, an initiative to encourage Elm City residents to use alternative forms of transportation. 

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New London's Hygienic Art opens a new multimedia exhibit Friday night. 

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Connecticut has a list of eleven medical conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana. But a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that marijuana has not been clinically proven to be an effective treatment for most of those ailments. 

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The Connecticut General Assembly returned to Hartford for a special session Monday, and while the state Senate spent the afternoon deliberating the two budget bills, the House of Representatives took up the "excessive force bill."

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Friday's Supreme Court decision affirming a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage has been met with praise in Connecticut.

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U.S. Senator Chris Murphy applauded today's Supreme Court decision upholding the part of the Affordable Care Act that allows the government to subsidize health care for the poor and middle class. 

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Organists from throughout the Northeast will gather in New Haven early next week for the Northeast Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists. Among the many activities planned are a series of free, public concerts featuring "The King of Instruments."

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As South Carolina considers removing the Confederate flag flying over the state Capitol, some are questioning why a building at Yale bears the name of one of this country's most passionate advocates for slavery.

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Musicians with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra could take a substantial pay cut next year, under the terms of a contract currently being negotiated between Local 400 of the American Federation of Musicians and HSO Management.

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