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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Next week, New Haven Public Schools are set to reopen elementary schools for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Community groups want the school district to delay reopening until at least February.

University of New Haven

Officials at the University of New Haven said they are investigating students’ potential involvement in the U.S. Capitol insurrection.

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Here is the official record from the U.S. House floor on how representatives from New York and Connecticut acted on impeaching President Donald Trump for the second time in over a year. The article of impeachment charges Trump with inciting last week's insurrection at the Capitol.

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Connecticut teachers say some school districts are denying paid leave and work-from-home quarantine options recommended by public health officials.

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A petition to disbar Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz after pro-Trump insurrectionists mists stormed the U.S. Capitol has at least 7,500 signatures from Yale and Harvard law school alumni, and other legal professionals.

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