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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Assault Weapons
5:24 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Newtown Action Alliance Protests Gun Industry's Marketing Tactics

The Newtown Action Alliance rallies outside the Newtown offices of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
Credit Newtown Action Alliance

The Newtown Action Alliance and the Campaign to Unload held a rally on Monday morning outside the offices of Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation.

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Diet Challenge
6:43 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Elm City Goes on a Diet

New Haven officials would like, on average, to see each resident lose three pounds in a new initiative.
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The city of New Haven is going on a diet. City officials, health advocates and Yale University announced the initiative on Friday in the Elm City.

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Aye, Matey
9:38 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Mystic Seaport Hosts Sea Chanty Blast This Saturday

Sea Chanties were work songs sung by sailors.
Alan Villers

Mystic Seaport hosts its annual Sea Chanty Blast and Pub Sing this Saturday. The event brings together some of the best chanty singers and groups from the northeast.

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Homelessness
4:30 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Extreme Cold in Connecticut a Concern for Homeless and Advocates

Credit Rosie O'Beirne / Creative Commons

With single digit temperatures and below-zero wind chills in the forecast for Monday night and Tuesday, Governor Malloy has enacted the state's severe weather protocol, which coordinates homeless shelters and various state agencies though the state's 211 information and referral line. 

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Water Treatment
4:47 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Sewage Spill Along the Naugatuck River Is Contained

At it's peak, raw sewage spilled from this broken manhole structure into the Naugatuck river at a rate of 100 to 200 gallons a minute. The leak was contained on Friday.
Credit Steve Cherhoniak

A leak at a water treatment plant that spilled thousands of gallons of raw sewage in the Naugatuck River has been contained. The leak started Wednesday at Veolia Environment North America, a wastewater treatment plant in Seymour. 

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Public Safety
2:33 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Connecticut's Public Safety Commissioner Will Step Down Early Next Year

Reuben Bradford.
Credit CT Law Enforcement Memorial

Reuben Bradford sent a letter to Governor Malloy earlier this week announcing his retirement on February 1. Bradford was hired three years ago to head up the state department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, after serving as head of security for the National Football League, and before that in various posts for the Connecticut state police.

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Newtown
5:20 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Connecticut Police Chiefs: Newtown Police Responded "Without Delay"

Scott Jackson, Mayor of Hamden, is chair of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission.
Credit CT-N

The commission created by Governor Malloy in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Newtown met on Friday. The meeting focused on law enforcement's response to the massacre.

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Metro-North
8:46 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Transportation Committee Hears Details of Metro-North's Problems

James Redeker speaks before the Connecticut legislature's Transportation Committee on Wednesday.
Credit CT-N

The Connecticut legislature's Transportation Committee held a public hearing on Wednesday to learn more about the recent problems with Metro-North. The Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker addressed the Transportation Committee. 

Transportation Committee member Jonathan Steinberg, a State Representative from Westport, told Redeker, "Thank you, Commissioner, for submitting to our version of shoot-the-messenger." 

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Advertising
4:32 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Energy Drink Companies Find Unique Ways to Market to Children

The Red Bull RC Helicopter.
Ray Hardman WNPR

In a press conference at the legislative office building in Hartford on Monday, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal called on energy drink companies to stop marketing their product to children through toys bearing the energy drink's logo.

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Songs For Reflection
11:56 am
Sat December 14, 2013

Remembering 12/14/12 With Music

Noah Baerman performs at Asylum Hill Congregational Church on the one-week anniversary of the December 14 shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.
Chion Wolf WNPR

It's been one year since the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School transformed Newtown, Connecticut, the country, and the world. Over the last year, there have been countless musical tributes to the victims.

This hour, we share some of the music that came out of this tragedy. 

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Rankings
4:29 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Connecticut is the Seventh-Healthiest State, According to Annual Report

Lake McDonough Reservoir in Connecticut, seen from the Tunxis Trail Overlook Spur in Barkhamsted.
Credit Morrowlong / Creative Commons
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Newtown: One Year Later
11:01 am
Wed December 11, 2013

A Simple, Solemn Tribute to Sandy Hook Victims

Connecticut's Poet Laureate Dick Allen said the phrase "in the snow lightly falling" was the basis for his poem, "Solace."
Credit State of Connecticut

The grief and sadness of December 14, 2012 has been expressed through countless poems, songs and other works of art, including the choral work, "Solace," a simple, solemn remembrance of the victims of Newtown, written by one of America's leading poets, and set to music by a Pulitzer prize-winning composer.

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Stupidity redux
3:14 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Stupidity's "King Midas" is "Coolest Song in the World"

Swedish Garage Rockers Stupidity
Stupidity

Last month, I spoke with drummer Tommy Sjostrom of the Swedish garage rock band Stupidity, who put on quite a show at Cafe Nine in New Haven. I got a message earlier this week from Tommy with some good news: Stupidity's new single, "King Midas," will be the dubbed "The Coolest Song in the World" by Little Steven on this weekend's Little Steven's Underground Garage radio show. 

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Disaster Relief
11:58 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Many Still Struggling in the Philippines

Kate Dischino helps unload medical supplies for a hospital in Tacloban
Tom Turley AmeriCares

Stamford-based AmeriCares said it has shipped over $3 million in medical aid to the Philippines, with more to come. 

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Autism
4:56 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

New Yale Study Looks at Oxytocin and the Autistic Brain

smithereen 11 creative commons

A new Yale study offers hope for parents who have children with autism spectrum disorders. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the double-blind, placebo-controlled study consisted of 17 children and adolescents considered to have moderate- to high-functioning autism. 

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Curling Returns
4:50 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Norfolk Curling Club Rises From the Ashes

The Norfolk Curling Club opens it's new facility this weekend, after a fire destroyed the original building nearly two years ago
Ray Hardman WNPR

In December 2011, the popular Norfolk Curling Club was destroyed by a fire. After months of fundraising and planning, the curling club celebrates the grand opening of their new facility this weekend. 

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Disaster Relief
1:25 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

AmeriCares Ships $1 Million in Medical Aid to the Philippines

To date, Americares has delivered $1 miilion in medical aid to the Phillipines. The challenge for Amerciares, and other relief organizations is distributing the aid to the hardest hit areas.
Matthew McDermott Americares

Nearly two weeks ago Typhoon Haiyan, perhaps the strongest storm on record, ravaged the Philippines. Survivors in the hardest-hit parts of that island nation are still in need of the most basic supplies, like food, water and shelter. On Wednesday, Philippine officials estimated the death toll from the storm at 4,000.

Stamford, Connecticut-based AmeriCares has been in the Philippines since the day after the typhoon, delivering medical supplies, and helping to rebuild hospitals.

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Gun Violence
6:14 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Study Suggests Social Networks Predict Victims of Gun Homicide

In the highest-crime area of Chicago, six percent of the population was involved in 70 percent of the murders, according to the Yale University study.
Credit supafly / Creative Commons

A new Yale University study suggests that social interactions are a key predictor of who becomes a victim of gun violence. According to the study, published in The American Journal of Public Health, who you hang out with may be more important than other factors like race and socioeconomic status.

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Literary Works
11:51 am
Sun November 17, 2013

A Marathon Celebration of Proust

Sketch of the Proust marathon set at the Saybrook Underbrook Theatre.
Edward Morris

The Yale University French Department celebrated the 100th anniversary of French writer Marcel Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu, or In Search of Lost Time this weekend in a unique way: a marathon reading of the novel's first volume, known in English as Swann's Way.

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Learning Time
6:55 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Schools in Three Connecticut Districts Adding 300 Hours to School Year

The TIME Collaborative hopes to fill empty classrooms like this one with enriching after-school programs for disadvantaged children.
Credit mahlness / Creative Commons

Several schools in Connecticut will expand their school days under a new initiative. The goal is to improve student achievement, and offer poor children access to enriching after school activities.

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Typhoon Haiyan Relief
4:47 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Philippine Groups in Connecticut Pitch in to Recovery Efforts

The Philippine-American Association of Connecticut is one of 22 Filipino Organizations in the state.
Credit The Philippine-American Association of Connecticut

Filipino organizations in Connecticut are working hard to help their home country recover from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census report, there are 16,402 Filipinos living in Connecticut. In the hours after the storm hit, they anxiously waited for word on whether their loved ones survived. "I have a brother that's in Cebu, and they are okay," said Cecilia Rogayan, president of the Philippine-American Association of Connecticut

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Disaster relief
11:38 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Stamford-Based Americares on the Ground in the Philippines

An estimated 10,000 people in the Philippines were killed by Super Typhoon Haiyan. Americares' Garrett Ingoglia says his organization will be providing relief to survivors for "weeks, possibly months"
Credit Erik DeCastro / Reuters

Stamford-based Americares has sent a relief team to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. The non-profit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization said days before the typhoon reached landfall, Americares stockpiled relief supplies in the Philippines in anticipation. 

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Congress
11:40 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Blumenthal Says House Should Take Up ENDA Now

Richard Blumenthal is urging House Speaker John Boehner to take up ENDA.
Ray Hardman WNPR

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, which would ban discrimination of employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity. On Friday, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal urged House Speaker John Boehner to take up the bill in the House.

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Student Success
10:31 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Interagency Council Looks at Chronic Absenteeism and the Achievement Gap

Students eligible for free lunch are three times as likely as their peers who are not eligible for lunch subsidies to be chronically absent.
Connecticut State Department of Education

The Interagency Council for Ending the Achievement Gap met Thursday in Hartford. The focus of the discussion was chronically absent students. It's a simple equation: a student can't learn if they are not in school. 

The State Department of Educations's Ajit Gopalakrishnan presented some pretty dramatic statistics Thursday to prove that point. "If a child eligible for free lunch was chronically absent in ninth grade," he said, "37.8 percent of them actually got to the finish line, with graduation in four years."

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Election 2013
2:38 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

New Britain Elects New Mayor

Credit WNPR

New Britain elected a new Mayor Tuesday. Republican Erin Stewart, 26, upset incumbent democrat Tim O'Brien by more than 1,000 votes.

Stewart campaigned as a candidate of change, and promised to work with both Democrats and Republicans in city hall. She criticized O'Brien on the campaign trail for raising taxes, cronyism, and for abandoning monthly office hours for the mayor.

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Transportation
11:39 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Hearings Begin on Metro-North Accident

Credit National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board began an investigative hearing today on two Metro-North Railroad accidents in Connecticut earlier year. On May 17 in Bridgeport, an east-bound train derailed, and was struck by a west-bound train, injuring 73 passengers, two engineers and a conductor. Later in the month, a track foreman was struck and killed by a train in West Haven.

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Election Day
5:06 am
Tue November 5, 2013

New Britain Voters Choose Mayor on Tuesday

Republican challenger Erin Stewart said city government needs better transparancy.
Credit Erin Stewart

Voters in New Britain go to the polls Tuesday to choose a mayor. Incumbent Democrat Tim O'Brien is finishing up his first term as New Britain's mayor. Previously, O'Brien served almost ten years in the Connecticut House of Representatives. He said keeping property taxes flat for two years is proof that the city has turned itself around on his watch.

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Sexual Assault
2:36 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

UConn Faces Federal Lawsuit Over Response to Sexual Assaults

Attorney Gloria Allred in Hartford on Friday. A lawsuit is being filed on Friday in U.S. District Court.
Credit Ray Hardman / WNPR

Four women who say they were sexually assaulted while students at the University of Connecticut have filed a federal lawsuit against the school. The lawsuit alleges UConn violated the rights of the women under Title IX by failing to protect them after they reported being sexually assaulted on campus.

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New London
12:41 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Wagner Opera Makes Its Connecticut Debut

The Connecticut Lyric Opera's production of Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman"
Connecticut Lyric Opera

Wagner's opera, "The Flying Dutchman," will get its Connecticut premiere this weekend, 170 years after the opera made its debut in Dresden, Germany. The Connecticut Lyric Opera will present Wagner's early masterpiece Friday night at Trinity-on-Main in New Britain, and Saturday night at the Middletown High School Arts Center.

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Colonial game
1:21 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Before There Was Baseball, There Was Wicket

One of two wicket bats belonging to Bristol's Manross Library
Ray Hardman WNPR

Before the rise of baseball, early Americans played a host of ball and bat games, with names like rounders, stool ball and tip-cat. One of these games, wicket, was by far the most popular of them, especially in Connecticut, where for a few decades in the 1800s the sport was even more popular than baseball.

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