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.

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A Connecticut state task force on police transparency and accountability met this week to discuss how to address the public’s fear of officers. 

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Hartford State’s Attorney Gail P. Hardy has withdrawn consideration to keep her job. This comes as Hardy faces criticism for delay in investigations of police shootings.

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Racial disparities in Connecticut have been amplified by coronavirus. That’s according to a new report from the non-profit Data Haven. 

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A clash on Wednesday in New Haven between Italian-American protesters, largely from out-of-town, and people supporting an effort to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus from a city park greeted the crew tasked with taking it down.

Local officials removed the statue because of the Italian explorer's legacy that includes atrocities committed against Native Americans. 

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker supported the decision.

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U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut says drug companies have not been transparent about how they spent tax dollars intended to address coronavirus.