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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Exposure to lead and lead poisoning is a bigger problem in Connecticut than previously thought, and could be a factor in the achievement gap between white and minority kids in the state. 

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Efforts to stem the tide of heroin overdoses in Connecticut could get more difficult if a powerful new heroin additive makes its way to the state.

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When people are found not guilty in a court case by reason of insanity, how often do they end up back in trouble? 

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Governor Dannel Malloy joined state officials in Hartford on Friday to discuss the Zika virus.

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FBI investigators were back at the Manchester home of reputed mobster Robert Gentile this week, presumably looking for a half billion dollars worth of art stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

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Wednesday marks the 46th anniversary of the Kent State University massacre. 

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Presidential candidates court Connecticut voters this weekend ahead of Tuesday's presidential primary. 

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The Yale Babylonian Collection has been given an immense trove of ancient artifacts from the Near East. Among the items in the collection are hundreds of cylinder seals.

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A group of young baseball players from West Hartford are in Cuba for a week to play baseball and distribute supplies in the town of Holguin. 

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With Tuesday night's victory over Syracuse, the UConn Huskies became the first women's basketball team in history to win four straight NCAA national championships.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is attracting criticism from members of Connecticut's congressional delegation after comments he made about shielding the gun industry from legal liability. 

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In the decade since Connecticut first adopted a human trafficking law, not a single person has been convicted.

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A little bit of the hit PBS series "Downton Abbey" comes to Hartford later this week. 

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The Connecticut General Assembly's Judiciary Committee heard testimony Wednesday on a set of proposals that builds on Governor Dannel Malloy's Second Chance Society reforms. 

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A bill that would allow children with certain medical conditions to be prescribed marijuana passed a key legislative committee Monday. 

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A 13-year-old girl who became the face of the movement in Connecticut to provide medical marijuana to sick children died suddenly on Sunday. 

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Connecticut is one of the least religious states in the country, according to the latest Pew Religious Landscape Study.

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The music of women composers will be featured in several concerts this week. 

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The legislature's Transportation Committee heard testimony Monday on Governor Dannel Malloy's proposed transportation lockbox. Lawmakers expressed concern about possible ways around the proposed amendment to the state constitution.

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Yale University Art Gallery is celebrating the centennial of the art movement known as Dada with a series of events, a major exhibition, and a Dada Ball.

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The Connecticut Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday on whether Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel should be sent back to prison for the 1975 murder of Greenwich resident Martha Moxley.

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Governor Dannel Malloy's proposal to change the traditional handicapped symbol had its first public hearing Monday in Hartford. Disability rights advocates are divided on the issue.

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Yale Symphony Orchestra alumni return to campus this weekend for a series of events. It's part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the orchestra.

Hartford's HartBeat Ensemble premieres a new work this weekend that draws on the stories of people from the city’s Asylum Hill neighborhood. It accompanies an effort by community leaders to inspire change in the neighborhood by working closely with the people who live there. 

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The legislature's Public Health Committee heard from state officials about the various proposals on the table for a new state police firing range.

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Connecticut U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy hope to repeal a law that shields the gun industry from liability.

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Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy are calling on Congress to end a decades-old ban on federal research into gun violence.

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A new work based on folk music from Afghanistan will be performed Friday night in Hartford. The Hartford-based ensemble Cuatro Puntos with perform live with a video recording of an Afghan girl's ensemble.

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A year-long labor dispute between the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and its musicians has reached a critical point. 

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The University of Connecticut has announced plans to award an additional $5,000 annually to students from Hartford public schools who meet certain academic and attendance goals. 

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