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.

The New York State Board of Regents has approved a new teacher evaluation system.  The board had until the end of the month to come up with a new system that relies more heavily on state standardized tests.

Tuesday they voted to increase the weight of state tests from 20 percent to 25 percent of a teacher’s evaluation. Governor Andrew Cuomo had proposed raising it to as much as 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation.

The Long Island town of Brookhaven has plans to buy and demolish seven houses damaged by Superstorm Sandy.  The shoreline houses are currently owned by the state of New York. After the December 2012 storm, the state determined they were at high risk of flooding and bought the homes from their owners.

The shoreline cottages sit on marshland in Mastic Beach, a village in Brookhaven. The Long Island Nature Conservancy plans to partner with Brookhaven to demolish the homes and return the area to its natural state as marshland.  

The New York State Supreme Court rejected an appeal from the state's Department of Education Monday and ruled that a Long Island teacher has grounds to challenge the state’s teacher evaluation system in court.

Sheri Lederman, a fourth grade teacher at a Great Neck elementary school, wants to sue the state education department for personal injury after receiving an "ineffective" job rating due to student test scores.

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