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Politics, Policy and Data of the ‘Pandemic Session’

Mark Pazniokas, Jenna Carlesso & Kasturi Pananjady
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 (7 p.m.)

The night before the 2021 legislative session convenes, John Dankosky will sit down with Mark Pazniokas (Capitol Bureau Chief), Jenna Carlesso (health reporter) and Kasturi Pananjady (data reporter) to discuss the broad challenges that the General Assembly must confront in the new year.

The three will address a combination of practical questions (“What will this legislative session look like?”) and policy ones (“How is the legislature planning to address the challenges of the pandemic?”) while breaking down the latest data available on the pandemic and its wide-reaching impact. They also will answer questions from viewers about the upcoming session.

This event is free and open to the public.

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The Connecticut Mirror’s free, three-part 2021 legislative session preview series is made possible through the generous support of CBIA and the Rebuilding Connecticut campaign. Connecticut’s fighting back — and our workers, innovators, and local businesses are leading the way. Learn more at

John is CT Mirror's Director of Events. A well-known and highly-regarded radio personality and moderator, he divides his time between CT Mirror — where he heads up our events program and serves as a multi-platform consultant — and the NPR / PRI program Science Friday. Previously, John was executive editor of the New England News Collaborative and the host of NEXT, a weekly program about New England. He also appeared weekly on The Wheelhouse, WNPR’s news roundtable program. His 25 years in public media also include serving as vice president of news for Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, host of WNPR’s Where We Live, and regular fill-in host for the PRI program Science Friday in New York. He was twice recognized by PRNDI as America’s best public radio call-in show.