Patrick Riccards has been tapped to lead ConnCAN, one of the state’s top education reform groups. Riccards takes over the reins from Alex Johnston as the state heads into a legislative session in February that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has promised to focus on education.

Riccards has worked for the American Institutes for Research, International Baccalaureate, National Governors Association, National Reading Panel, U.S. Department of Education, and several congressmen.

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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