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.

Tamika Ferguson via AP

A Hartford mother who sits in immigration detention in Massachusetts received a temporary stay on her deportation this week. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the stay on Monday.

Office of Connecticut Attorney General William Tong / Twitter

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong says he and 20 other states’ attorneys general are arguing to uphold the Affordable Care Act before a federal judge in Texas.

Tamika Ferguson via AP

Advocates say immigration officials have arrested and detained a Connecticut mother hours before a state criminal pardon would have saved her from deportation. She’s now detained in Massachusetts.

Susan Walsh / AP

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut asked the federal Transportation secretary Wednesday why the president wants to slash funding for railroad repairs between Boston and Washington, D.C.

Courtesy of March For Our Lives / Facebook

U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut joined high school students in Washington, one year after the March for Our Lives against gun violence.