Ali Oshinskie

Ali Oshinskie is a corps member with Report for America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms. Ali reports on the Naugatuck River Valley with an emphasis on work, economic development, and opportunity in the Valley. Her work has appeared on NPR, Marketplace, and The Hartford Courant.

Before coming to Connecticut Public, Ali served as a fellow on New Hampshire Public Radio’s The Exchange, producing candidate conversations for the 2020 Presidential Primary. She worked for the New England News Collaborative’s NEXT podcast with host John Dankosky. She interned at Marketplace Morning Report with host David Brancaccio and for Connecticut Public’s talk shows, Where We Live and The Colin McEnroe Show. Ali founded and ran Podstories, a podcasting company.

Ali’s photography won first place for Spot News Photo in the 2019 Distinguished Journalism Awards from the New Hampshire Press Association. Her writing will be a published in Fast Funny Women: 75 Essays of Flash Nonfiction coming in October 2020. Ali enjoys growing vegetables in her backyard, light dumpster diving, and a good pair of boots with arch support.

Most elected officials agree that Connecticut needs more affordable housing. The Housing Committee held a hearing Thursday that offered a preview of how lawmakers intend to address the issue this session. 

The bills introduced take a statewide approach to increase affordable housing.

Bono Sidharta voted in his first presidential election last November, as a registered Republican. But he’d been considering switching to Democrat for some time. 

“It was definitely something that I thought of for a while,” he said. Then on Jan. 6, a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, and for Sidharta, that was it. “[The riot] made me really think about it that day.”

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is calling for a number of voting reforms after her office conducted a poll in January that found a majority of Connecticut voters favor early and no-excuse absentee voting.

At a virtual news conference Thursday, Merrill shared that 79% of Connecticut voters support early voting and 73% support the option to vote by absentee ballot without needing an excuse.

A Connecticut prison guard has been placed on administrative leave after a Muslim civil rights group called for his termination.

At issue is an anti-Muslim meme that Officer Anthony Marlak allegedly posted on his Facebook page in 2019. The Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, called for the officer to be fired on Monday. CAIR independently found that the Department of Corrections had looked into Marlak's social media but kept him on the job.The DOC said Wednesday that Marlak will remain on leave pending the outcome of its investigation.

A Muslim civil rights group has asked the Connecticut Department of Correction to terminate the employment of an officer who allegedly posted Islamophobic content on social media.

The Connecticut chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, posted a video Sunday outlining its demand that the DOC terminate Officer Anthony Marlak.

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