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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Federal prosecutors want a former personnel director for the city of Bridgeport to face prison time for his role in a job-rigging scandal for police chief.

State Sen. Kevin Wilkos, R-Canton, left, talks with Sen. Will Haskell, D-Westport, right, during special session at the State Capitol, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Hartford, Conn.
Jessica Hill / Associated Press

Connecticut state Senator Will Haskell wants his fellow Gen-Z peers to sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations, now that the state has opened appointments to everyone 16 and older.

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As New York and Connecticut open up COVID-19 shots to everyone ages 16 and up, the Department of Justice wants residents to avoid clicking on links that claim to be a vaccine survey. The fraudulent surveys are used to steal money and personal data.

Bridgeport Police Chief Armando "A.J." Perez leaves the Brien McMahon Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse out a back door on Thursday in Bridgeport, Conn. Perez was arrested Thursday on federal charges that he rigged the police chief hiring process.
Jessica Hill / Associated Press

The ex-Police Chief of Bridgeport, Connecticut, wants to serve house arrest instead of prison time. That’s after former chief A. J. Perez pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators about a cheating scandal to get his job as top cop.

People attend a candlelight vigil called "Stop Asian Hate" at Almansor Park in Alhambra, Calif., Saturday night, March 20, 2021.
Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press

Members of Connecticut's Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities say they are glad to see President Joe Biden’s new plan to address the rise in hate against their communities.