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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Connecticut pharmacists will soon be able to prescribe Narcan, a drug that can save the life of someone who’s overdosed on heroin or prescription opioids.

Under a law signed this month, pharmacists in the state have been given the ability to prescribe Narcan once they complete a new training program.

Carolyn Kaster / AP

Congress has drawn up a number of proposed bills to replace the No Child Left Behind Act, and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York says one of them could drastically cut federal funding for Long Island public schools.

No Child Left Behind was signed into law by George W. Bush in 2001. Among other things, it lays out how federal education funding is distributed to the states.

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On Pride Day, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo officiated at his first gay wedding. He married two men in front of the historic Stonewall Inn on Sunday. At that landmark site of the gay rights movement in New York City, Cuomo celebrated the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage nationally.

Cuomo said the court's decision was less about marriage, and more about equality. He characterized how the gay community felt.

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.