Tom Kuser

Program Director, WSHU Morning Edition host

Tom has been with WSHU since 1987, after spending 15 years at college and commercial radio and television stations. After a short stint as classical music announcer, he was given the task of rebuilding and expanding the news department. Under his direction, the news staff began a tradition of award-winning coverage. Tom has won several Associated Press awards for his own feature reporting, too. He became Program Director in 1999, and has been local host of NPR’s Morning Edition since 2000.

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A transport system that can keep vaccines at minus 70 degrees. Also, COVID creeps back in Connecticut prisons, and the senate candidate who isn’t old enough to drink.

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LIPA threatens to terminate PSEG Long Island’s contract. Progressives want lawmakers to return to Albany, and the region’s youth vote in 2020.

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Science has fascinated Ainissa Ramirez ever since she watched her very first episode of the PBS kids science show 3-2-1 Contact. It changed the way she looked at the world and put her on a career path. 

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The United States now has more than 800,000 cases of the coronavirus. Over 20,000 of those cases are in Connecticut. Rita Wagener is one of those cases. She’s from Uganda originally and has been a social worker at a nursing home in Connecticut for 16 years. 

Because of the nature of her work she anticipated she might test positive for the virus. So she prepared for that possibility. And then indeed on April 4th, she began to feel sick. 

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The coronavirus pandemic has put more pressure than ever on organizations that help people with the basic needs that many of us take for granted. In southwestern Connecticut, which has been hit particularly hard by the crisis, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation has created a COVID-19 Resiliency Fund