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.

Cassandra Basler / WSHU

Opposition by students at Yale Law School to Supreme Court nominee and alumnus Brett Kavanaugh reached a new peak Thursday as many of them gathered to watch his Senate hearing.

State of Connecticut

Connecticut's child advocate is calling for immediate action to improve safety and care at a state-run psychiatric treatment center for children. That’s in response to the suicide of a pregnant teenager and seven other suicide attempts within the past year.

On Wednesday Child Advocate Sarah Eagan released her office's report on the Albert J. Solnit Children's Center in Middletown. The facility is run by the state’s child welfare agency, DCF.

Carol Kaliff / Courtesy of Pokrov via Hearst Connecticut Media

Five men have filed suit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, claiming they were sexually abused by three priests in Connecticut from the 1970s to early 2000s, with one of the accused priests still working in Maine last year.

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.

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