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.

Lina Biroscak / AP

Donors have offered nearly $150,000 dollars in to support efforts to rebuild the New Haven mosque that burned this week.

State of Connecticut Judicial Branch

The Connecticut Supreme Court pushed pause on a lawsuit brought by families of victims in the 2012 Newtown school shooting.

Office of Connecticut Attorney General William Tong / Twitter

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong wants to hold several generic drug manufacturers accountable for fixing the price of more than 100 drugs.

Erika Wittlieb from Pexels

A lawsuit that wants Connecticut to stop counting prisoners in voting districts where they are incarcerated will move forward. It aims to count prisoners where they call home, instead.

Cassandra Basler / WSHU

Two young children waited months for New Haven public health officials to inspect their rental units. That’s after doctors found elevated levels of lead in their blood. Their families filed a class action lawsuit against the city on Wednesday.