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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Eighteen immigrants at an ICE detention center in Alabama sued for emergency release last week. The plaintiffs claim their pre-existing health conditions put them at high risk for COVID-19. 

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Connecticut Commissioner of Agriculture Bryan Hurlburt says local food banks are competing for supplies in the same way states were in a bidding war for medical equipment.

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An expert at Yale says pregnant women should still go to prenatal checkups — and even go to the hospital — during the pandemic.

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PFAS, common chemicals used to make everything from pizza boxes to take-out containers, are associated with risk of miscarriages, according to a new study from Yale. 

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Governors in the Northeast say they need more COVID-19 diagnostic tests before people can return to work safely. Researchers at Yale are the latest to study a saliva test they say is easier to administer and more reliable than standard nasal swabs.