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 Connecticut General Assembly’s Committee on Children called a hearing on Aug. 12 to discuss recent reports about conditions at the state’s two juvenile detention facilities: the Connecticut Juvenile Training School for boys and the Pueblo Unit for girls. Both are run by the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

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Connecticut Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz answered questions from state lawmakers about two reports that found widespread mistreatment of boys and girls in the two juvenile detention facilities that are run directly by DCF.

Katz told the general assembly’s children’s committee at an Aug. 8 informational hearing that there have been improvements at the facilities. She said the population at the boys’ detention center has never been lower than today.

Connecticut Department of Children and Families

An advocacy group said the State of Connecticut should close the two juvenile detention facilities run directly by the Department of Children and Families- the Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CJTS) for boys and the Pueblo Unit for girls. Recent reports about conditions at the two facilities found that young people in each of them were subjected to repeated and unlawful restraint and isolation.

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On Friday, Aug. 7, a man died after a Hartford police officer used a taser to subdue him. Police said the man became combative during a medical assistance call. Connecticut state police are investigating his death. The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut says it wants police to be equipped with tasers that feature video cameras.

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Connecticut Senate President Martin Looney is calling for United Illuminating to clean up the pollution at a former power plant in New Haven.

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