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.

Office of Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont / Facebook

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont met with state representatives from the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus, city councils, and immigrant rights advocates on Friday to discuss social justice.

Lamont took a back seat at the Juneteenth meeting. Instead, panelists shared their ideas for policies to address racial inequality in policing, housing and education.

“As a white guy with a little bit of power, I think I had a lot of listening I had to do and I learned a lot.”

Courtesy of Melissa Azofeifa

Some Connecticut and Long Island residents brought into the country illegally by their parents have mixed feelings about the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. 

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut reached a settlement agreement with the state to better protect incarcerated people from COVID-19.

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Connecticut law enforcement, state officials and human rights experts gathered at a virtual panel to discuss race and policing on Friday.

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The mayor of New Haven, Connecticut, says he will move faster on steps for local police reforms in the aftermath of the weekend’s protests.