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Harriet Jones

Reporter/Editor

Harriet Jones reports on all aspects of the business world for WNPR. She's covered such diverse issues as the threat to close Connecticut's submarine base, the sub prime mortgage crisis and the impact of casinos on the state.

In 2011, she created WNPR's Small Business Project as a way to tell stories about the companies that make up 90 percent of our economy, but often get overlooked in the media.

She is the winner of an Edward R. Murrow award for her reporting on Connecticut's 2010 floods.

Harriet joined WNPR in October 2000 as Morning Edition producer and reporter. Born in Scotland, she worked for the BBC for much of her early career.

She was news director at Scotland's largest commercial radio station, ScotFM, and was lucky enough to cover that country's two biggest political events in 300 years - the referendum which delivered a new parliament, and the subsequent elections.

She has also taught broadcasting for the BBC at some of their international schools in Eastern Europe, delivering courses to journalists in Romania, Albania and Bosnia.

Harriet lives in Stonington with her husband, Bob Statchen, and their three children.

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At least one of Linda McMahon's former campaign trail rivals is willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, as she gets the nod for a cabinet-level position in the incoming Trump administration. Senator Richard Blumenthal has given her elevation a cautious welcome in remarks to WNPR.

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Linda McMahon, World Wrestling Entertainment co-founder and sometime Senate candidate in Connecticut, has been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to lead the Small Business Administration.

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Federal and state authorities are being urged to do more to help families in Connecticut who struggle to afford utility bills.

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Connecticut’s declining jobs numbers in recent months have made the contrast with its New England neighbors even more stark. While the Nutmeg State has yet to regain all the jobs it lost in the great recession, Massachusetts is seemingly booming.

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Thousands of machinists at Pratt and Whitney begin work under a new contract on Monday, after union members voted over the weekend to ratify the deal with management.

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A federal judge has ordered a 24-hour grocery on the campus of Yale University to pay several former employees a total of $170,000 in damages, after they were forced to work for as little as $3.00 an hour.

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The state’s chambers of commerce say they want to be the ones to step up and oversee regional tourism promotion, now that the state of Connecticut has defunded its tourism districts.

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Workers in several low-wage industries in Hartford went on strike Tuesday, as part of a coordinated protest across the country. Fast-food, security, janitorial, homecare, and child care workers all took part in the day of action.

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Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy is sounding the alarm on President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head up Health and Human Services in his cabinet.

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The holiday shopping season, which kicked off on Black Friday, has many analysts guessing as to how much we’ll spend. And some of that uncertainty is attributable to the extraordinary year we’ve experienced.

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Access Health CT, the state’s health care exchange, must figure out its future under soon-to-be President Donald Trump. But that’s far from simple. Trump has been clear he intends to repeal and replace Obamacare – the Affordable Care Act – but it's less clear what he intends to replace it with.

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Cigna CEO David Cordani took the stand Tuesday in the anti-trust case against his company’s proposed merger with fellow health insurer Anthem. Some of the tensions between the two merger partners were on display as both Cordani and Anthem CEO Joe Swedish were questioned.

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Anthem and the U.S. Justice Department faced off in court Monday arguing over whether the insurer’s plans to buy Bloomfield-based Cigna threaten anti-trust issues.

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Two state legislators want to allow towns to give loans to homeowners who have crumbling concrete foundations. Hundreds of homes in eastern Connecticut have been affected by the fault, which is caused by a mineral called pyrrhotite mixed into the concrete aggregate.

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For the fourth month in a row, Connecticut’s economy has seen a significant loss of jobs. The state shed 7,200 jobs in October.

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Students at Yale staged a walk-out Wednesday, in a protest against President-elect Donald Trump’s policies on immigration and deportation.

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Two new reports give more information about the potential budget difficulties ahead for the state of Connecticut.

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Connecticut’s two United States Senators said they will give a fair hearing to any nominee Donald Trump may send before them for the Supreme Court.

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The state bond commission has greenlighted a package of aid for one of the world’s top hedge funds, but Comptroller Kevin Lembo voiced his opposition Tuesday morning.

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The top executive of one of the nation's largest health insurance companies said the incoming Trump administration must confront the problems of the health insurance system.

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New Haven-based drug maker Alexion is conducting an internal investigation over allegations of improper sales practices.

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Connecticut’s Democratic governor will have to reckon with a new legislative landscape when the General Assembly reconvenes in January. The state Senate is now split evenly between Republicans and Democrats, and the GOP also picked up eight seats in the House, leaving Democrats with a slim, seven-seat majority.

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Donald Trump has always said on the campaign trail that his business experience prepared him for the presidency. But it’s not entirely clear what his economic policies will entail. So what do small businesses think of President Trump?

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Connecticut’s state Senate will be tied in the new session, with 18 Democrats and 18 Republicans after Tuesday's election. The GOP also made gains in the House, marking the biggest shift in power at the Capitol in a generation.

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Members of Connecticut’s two federally recognized Indian tribes said they’ll continue to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline project. Tribal members have traveled to the site of the protest.

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