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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Connecticut Business Briefs
9:20 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Gov. Malloy: Expanded Gaming Up to Connecticut Legislature

hareshd5000 Creative Commons

Governor Dannel Malloy said he’s not among those who are calling for expanded gaming in Connecticut to counter new competition from Massachusetts. The governor told reporters that the decision whether to allow more gambling facilities is a legislative matter, and he won’t be playing a lead role.

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Connecticut Business Briefs
9:12 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Pfizer, Merck in Cancer Drug Partnership

Cancer cells in a 3D rendering. Merck and Pfizer will initially target lung and ovarian cancer.
Credit iStock / Thinkstock

Pfizer has signed a major cancer drug deal with German firm Merck. The news dampens speculation that Pfizer is still interested in a renewed bid for British drug maker AstraZeneca. 

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State Senate Dilemma
2:39 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Kevin Rennie, Rob Simmons at Odds Over State Sen. Andrew Maynard's Benefits

Columnist Kevin Rennie in a WNPR file photo.
Chion Wolf WNPR

Republican columnist Kevin Rennie took issue with one of his own in his latest Hartford Courant column, scolding former Congressman Rob Simmons for suggesting that the injured Andrew Maynard be awarded a pension and health benefits should he be incapable of serving the term to which he’s just been elected.

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Business
12:53 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Gender Wage Gap in Connecticut Exceeds National Average

Phil Whitehouse Creative Commons

Women’s position in the workplace in Connecticut has improved significantly over the last 15 years, according to a new report. But the study, commissioned by the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, says too many disparities still remain, particularly for women of color. 

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Power Marketplace
9:08 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Big Electric Rate Hikes on the Way for Winter in Connecticut

Your meter may not be spinning any faster, but you'll pay more.
Sarah Simpson Creative Commons

Both of Connecticut’s electric utility companies want to raise rates sharply in January. 

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Destination Retail
9:56 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Foxwoods Readies Outlet Mall

An oculus that will let natural light into the quarter-mile-long mall building
Harriet Jones WNPR

In the week that Massachusetts removed the last challenge to its new gaming industry, voting down a potential repeal, one of Connecticut’s casinos showed off exactly how it’s preparing for competition from the north.

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The Business of Governing
10:31 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Catherine Smith Looks Forward to Economic Development 2.0

DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith
Credit Chion Wolf

Economic development was a major part of the campaign rhetoric this election season, and it seems destined to be a high-profile part of Governor Dannel Malloy’s second term.

WNPR sat down with the administration’s economic development chief, Catherine Smith to talk about what a second term will look like.

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Connecticut Legislature
2:29 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Mixed Fortunes for Democrats in State Senate

Polling in Essex on Tuesday.
Credit Mara Lavitt / WNPR

Southeastern Connecticut saw some notable races in the state legislature, with one state senate seat changing hands, and another staying with the incumbent, despite the fact he's currently hospitalized. 

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Ballot Question Defeat
1:05 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Casino Opponents in Massachusetts Consider Their Options

MGM's plans for downtown Springfield include a tower
Credit MGM Springfield

By a 20 percent margin, voters in Massachusetts refused to repeal the state’s casino law. The defeat of the ballot question comes as a relief to those bankrolling projects that were approved in three different Massachusetts communities.

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Election 2014
8:46 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Voters Ponder Questions Over Sen. Maynard

Madeline Lewis and Katie Gross campaign Tuesday for Sen. Andrew Maynard.
Harriet Jones WNPR

Voters in Southeastern Connecticut faced a difficult dilemma in the state senate race, where the injured Andrew Maynard remained on the ballot.

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Election 2014
4:30 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Education Question Draws Voters in New London

Signs outside New London High School
Credit Harriet Jones / WNPR

Education is a key issue for many in this election. In New London, voters had the chance to decide whether the city should bond $168 million towards building new facilities and creating an all-magnet school district. 

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Economic Development
3:33 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

UBS, Connecticut Strike New Deal Over Stamford Jobs

UBS Stamford headquarters
Credit Harriet Jones

The state of Connecticut has cut a new deal with banking giant UBS, which it hopes will keep the company in Stamford for another seven years. 

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Business
3:45 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Frontier Offers Refunds to Customers Affected by Outage

Credit Thinkstock

Frontier Communications said it will offer refunds to customers who have been affected by outages in service. The Stamford-based company just switched over all of AT&T'’s landline, Internet and streaming video customers.

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The Business of Defense
3:44 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Electric Boat Says $10 Million State Loan Guarantees 8,900 Jobs

Electric Boat president Jeffrey Geiger with state officials.
Credit Harriet Jones / WNPR

Electric Boat will use a $10 million loan from the state of Connecticut to buy and refit a building from nearby Pfizer. The Groton-based shipyard is launching a $31 million program to expand and upgrade its facilities.

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Election 2014
8:29 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Gov. Christie Stumps for Tom Foley Once Again

Gov. Chris Christie at The Spot in Groton.
Harriet Jones WNPR

Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey was back on the stump in Connecticut on Monday, rallying the troops for Republican candidate Tom Foley. But he also faced a few questions about an Ebola controversy in his own state. 

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Future of Gaming
12:41 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Campaigning Heats Up on Massachusetts Casino Ballot Question

A rendering of the proposed MGM casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.
mgmspringfield.com

Massachusetts voters will get to decide a question on the ballot next week that’s of great interest to Connecticut. Opponents of the state’s law allowing casino gambling have placed a question that asks voters if they want to repeal the measure. 

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Election 2014
7:54 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Rob Simmons Supports Friend Maynard, Despite Party Differences and Injury Doubts

The lone lawn sign outside Rob Simmons' Stonington home is for Democrat Andrew Maynard
Harriet Jones WNPR

Senate Democrats have controversially kept the injured Andrew Maynard on the ballot for next week’s election, despite serious questions about his ability to do the job. Now they’re receiving support from an unexpected source. 

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Election 2014
8:46 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Gov. Malloy and Joe Visconti Debate Without Tom Foley

Gov. Dannel Malloy and challenger Joe Visconti debate at the studios of NBC Connecticut.
Credit Screenshot / NBC Connecticut

The penultimate televised debate before the gubernatorial election was marked by the absence of one of the main contenders. Republican Tom Foley chose not to attend the debate, although hosts NBC Connecticut said the invitation remained open right up until the debate began.

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Corporate Defection
1:36 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

UBS Puts Stamford Building Up for Lease

UBS headquarters in Stamford.
Harriet Jones WNPR

UBS has put its massive, 12-acre Stamford complex up for lease, confirming rumors that it is mulling a move out of the city.

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Election 2014
1:13 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

How Far Apart, Really, Are Connecticut's Candidates for Governor on Economic Issues?

Governor Dannel Malloy breaks ground on Jackson Lab's new Farmington facility.
Jackson Labs

The two major candidates for Connecticut governor have clashed repeatedly in their debates over economic policy and jobs. But how far apart are they really in how they would tackle the pocketbook issues? Maybe not so far.

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Economic Development
2:38 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Gov. Malloy Raises Doubts About UBS in Stamford

UBS headquarters in Stamford.
Harriet Jones WNPR

Governor Dannel Malloy says banking giant UBS may renege on its commitment to keep 2,000 jobs in Stamford. He made the remarks during an interview with the owners of the Stamford Advocate. 

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Employment Statistics
4:04 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Connecticut Posts Biggest Monthly Jobs Gain in 20 Years

Credit Sujata Srinivasan

Connecticut posted its best month for job gains in 20 years in September, adding 11,500 positions to its workforce. That’s the largest monthly improvement since 1994. 

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Electricity Market
3:15 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Connecticut Protests Power Auction That Will Drive Up Future Rates

Credit Невідомий / Creative Commons

Connecticut officials are once again demanding an investigation of an electricity auction earlier this year which they claim artificially drove up prices for the entire region. 

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Lowering the Bills
1:51 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Small Retailers in Connecticut Urged to Get Smart About Energy Efficiency

Credit unkas_photo/iStock / Thinkstock

Small retailers in the state are being urged to save money on utility bills this winter, beginning with a free energy audit. The Connecticut Retail Merchants Association is running a program in conjunction with the state’s electric utilities, designed specifically for independent stores. 

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Election 2014
1:12 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

New London Debate Includes All Three Candidates for Connecticut Governor

From left, Joe Visconti, Gov. Dannel Malloy, and Tom Foley.
Tim Cook The Day

All three gubernatorial candidates shared the stage for the first time Thursday night, in a debate sponsored by WNPR, CPTV, and The Day that ranged over issues such as state spending, climate change, and campaign finance.

Third-party candidate Joe Visconti joined Governor Dannel Malloy and his Republican challenger Tom Foley. 

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Election 2014
12:23 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Economy Takes Center Stage at Second Congressional District Debate

Joe Courtney, left, and Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh debate in New London.
Sean D. Elliot The Day

Four-term Democratic congressman Joe Courtney faced his Republican challenger in the second district in a debate hosted by WNPR and The Day newspaper.

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Health Care
1:22 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Doctors Question Anthem's Market Dominance

Credit Nathan & Jenny / Creative Commons

The American Medical Association says it’s greatly concerned that a single insurance company dominates many health care marketplaces across America. It says the populations of several major cities in Connecticut are overly reliant on Anthem for health insurance.

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Keeping the Lights On
2:16 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Church Leaders, Community Activists Oppose Utility Rate Request

Credit Jeff Kubina/flickr creative commons

Church and community leaders have added their voices to the calls for Connecticut Light and Power to withdraw its latest rate request. CL&P has caused uproar by proposing to increase the fixed fees that it charges customers to raise an additional $221 million. 

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Ebola Emergency
11:03 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Meriden Company Developing Ebola Vaccine

Jackie Filson WNPR

A Connecticut bioscience company said it’s developing an Ebola vaccine and it plans to have samples ready for testing by the end of this year. 

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Affordable Health Care
3:10 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Connecticut Health Care Programs Meet Resistance Among Small Businesses

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The state’s health insurance marketplace has been congratulated for its success in getting individuals enrolled, but insurance brokers say small businesses aren’t signing up. 

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