Cassandra Basler

Senior Editor

Cassandra Basler has worked as a reporter, producer and on-air midday host at WSHU Public Radio since 2015. She covers breaking news and changing demographics. Basler is also a reporter at the New England News Collaborative, a group of NPR member station journalists funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in 2016.

Before coming to Connecticut, Basler grew up in one of the nation’s most economically and racially segregated regions in the country: Metro Detroit. As the city neared Chapter 9 bankruptcy, she reported on the effects of that segregation and produced for the daily flagship talk show at WDET (Detroit Public Radio).

Basler graduated from Columbia Journalism School in the City of New York in 2015, where she produced a 20-minute podcast documentary called “The Little Plastic ‘T’: How The IUD Became a Frontline Birth Control Recommendations for Teens." The podcast was featured in the Innovation Showcase at Columbia's Brown Institute for Media Innovation.

Basler was one of five students in her graduating class awarded a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. In 2017, Basler used the fellowship to report in Germany for a month. She profiled a small group of locals that helped Syrian refugees start over in Dresden—a city at the very center of Germany’s right-wing and anti-Islam movement.  

Basler currently lives in New Haven, where she's exploring what makes the perfect Apizza.

Courtesy of Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services

This week, the Trump administration announced the lowest number of refugee admissions in the history of the program. Refugee agency leaders in Connecticut asked Congress on Wednesday to accept more next year.

Tom Gannam / AP

Connecticut's chief medical examiner says fentanyl-related overdose deaths in the state are set to increase 9 percent compared to last year.

Dr. James Gill released overdose figures for the first six months of the year on Thursday.  

The report shows a 15 percent drop in heroin overdose deaths and a rise in fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that’s 50 times more powerful than heroin.

There were 370 accidental deaths from January to June involving fentanyl. If that rate continues, there will be 740 such deaths this year.

Eric Risberg / AP

Earlier this month, a 16-year-old boy from New London ran away from a court-ordered juvenile treatment center. He’s still missing. Juvenile justice workers say he’s not the only kid to fall through the cracks since the state’s prison for boys closed earlier this year.  

Carlos Osorio / AP

A 2-year-old girl living in a rental home in New Haven, Connecticut, tested positive for lead in her blood. The levels were nine times what the federal government says will cause irreversible development problems.

Office of Conn. Gov. Dannel Malloy

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy celebrated the opening of a third lane and full-width shoulders on I-84 in Waterbury on Monday.

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