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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Immigrant rights activists and members of the ACLU of Connecticut protested Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton’s immigration policies at City Hall this week.

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Hartford is one of the 10 fastest growing small markets for tech talent this year, according to a report from CBRE, a commercial real estate firm.

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On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut questioned immigration leaders in the Trump administration who oversee the reunification of families separated at the border.  

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The families of some victims who died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks are calling on Congress to declassify documents that detail what happened that day and who was behind it, and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut is helping them.

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The two Democratic candidates for governor in Connecticut tiptoed around the idea of getting unions to make concessions to help resolve the state’s decades-old struggle to meet its pension obligations.  

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