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Stephen Busemeyer, Managing Editor
As CT Mirror’s Managing Editor Stephen helps manage and support a staff of 11 reporters. His career in daily journalism includes 20 years at The Hartford Courant, where he served as a member of the editorial board, data editor, breaking news editor and bureau chief. Prior to that Stephen was city editor at the Casper Star-Tribune in Casper, Wyo., and the editor of the Daily Press in Craig, Colo. He was won many awards for editorial writing, data journalism and breaking news. While he was breaking news editor, The Courant was a named finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for its coverage of the Sandy Hook shootings. Busemeyer is a Koeppel Journalism Fellow at Wesleyan University, where he teaches data journalism, and he has also taught at the University of Hartford, the University of Connecticut and the University of Colorado. He lives in New Hartford with his wife and two children.
Jenna Carlesso, Health Reporter
Jenna Carlesso is CT Mirror’s Health Reporter, focusing on health access, affordability, quality, equity and disparities, social determinants of health, health system planning, infrastructure, processes, information systems, and other health policy. Before joining CT Mirror Jenna was a reporter at The Hartford Courant for 10 years, where she consistently won statewide and regional awards. Jenna has a Master of Science degree in Interactive Media from Quinnipiac University and a Bachelor or Arts degree in Journalism from Grand Valley State University.
Tom Condon, Urban and Regional Issues Reporter
Tom Condon writes about urban and regional issues for the Mirror, including planning, transportation, land use, development and historic preservation. These were among his areas of interest in a 45-year career as a reporter, columnist and editorial writer for The Hartford Courant. Tom has won dozens of journalism and civic awards, and was elected to the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame in 2016. He is a native of New London, a graduate of The University of Notre Dame and the University of Connecticut School of Law, and is a Vietnam veteran.
Kyle Constable, Manager of Membership and Audience Development
As Manager of Membership and Audience Development Kyle Constable will create and manage our new membership program, cultivate and provide service to members, and implement marketing programs to grow CT Mirror readership and engagement. Kyle was a reporting intern and then general assignment reporter for CT Mirror in 2016 and 2017. He graduated from UConn with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2017.
John Dankosky, Director of Multi-Platform Content
Well-known and highly-regarded radio personality and moderator John Dankosky recently joined CT Mirror part-time to head up our new “Steady Habits” Podcast and Speakers Series. He is also working on a national project for public media on the 2020 election. 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. As an instructor, he has held a chair in journalism and communications at Central Connecticut State University and been an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University. He is also a regular moderator for political debates and moderated conversations at The Connecticut Forum , the Mark Twain House and Museum, The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, The World Affairs Council of Connecticut and The Litchfield Jazz Festival.
Beth Fitzgerald, Director of Leadership Giving
Beth Fitzgerald is CT Mirror’s first-ever Director of Leadership Giving. Inspired by a desire to support and sustain journalistic excellence, Beth works with current and prospective donors to explore opportunities for participating in the work of CT Mirror. Her previous fundraising experience includes positions at Connecticut College and Trinity College. Beth has a degree in History and English from St. Michael’s College in Vermont and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University. Beth is a longtime volunteer in Hebron where she and her husband raised their 5 children.
Kira Goldenberg, Assistant Editor
Kira Goldenberg has more than a decade of journalism experience, including editing stints at The Guardian, the Columbia Journalism Review and Massive Science. A Connecticut native, she has also worked at The Day, the Hartford Courant, and Patch.com. Her writing has appeared in outlets like Wired, Pacific Standard, and the Washington Post, and she is a volunteer mentor-editor for the Op-Ed Project. Kira and her wife split their time between Connecticut and New York.
Elizabeth Hamilton, Executive Editor
As Executive Editor Elizabeth Hamilton partners with Publisher Bruce Putterman in leading the organization, has responsibility for all of the journalism content on CT Mirror, and manages a news staff of 12 people. Prior to joining CT Mirror in 2018 Elizabeth spent 20 years in Connecticut newsrooms, including more than a decade at The Hartford Courant where she was Reporter of the Year in 2000 and where she won the prestigious Theodore Driscoll Investigative Award for a series of stories about deaths in group homes for the developmentally disabled. Elizabeth has a degree in history from the University of Connecticut and an MFA from Southern Connecticut State University, where she taught writing as an adjunct professor.
Yehyun Kim, Photojournalist
Yehyun Kim joined CT Mirror in June 2020 as a photojournalist and a Report For America Corps Member. Her role at CT Mirror is to tell visual stories about the impact of public policy on individuals and communities in Connecticut. Prior to joining CT Mirror, Yehyun photographed community news in Victoria, Texas and was a photo and video intern at USA TODAY and at Acadia National Park in Maine. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Yehyun was born and raised in South Korea.
Kelan Lyons, Report for America Corps Member
Kelan Lyons is CT Mirror’s Report For America Corps Member, covering the intersection of mental health and criminal justice. Before joining CT Mirror, Kelan was a staff writer for City Weekly, an alt weekly in Salt Lake City, where he covered an array of topics including economic development, immigration and state and local politics. Prior to reporting in Utah, Kelan was a courts reporter for The Bryan-College Station Eagle, covering criminal and civil trials and hearings in the Brazos County Courthouse and won a first place feature writing award from the 2018 Texas Associated Press Managing Editors for his story on how a 35-year-old cold case still affects the community. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University. He is originally from Philadelphia.
Kasturi Pananjady, Data Journalist
As CT Mirror’s Data Journalist Kasturi Pananjady looks for and tells stories through data. She is a May 2020 graduate of the Columbia Journalism School’s master’s program in data journalism and holds a degree in comparative literature from Brown University, where she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. Prior to joining CT Mirror Kasturi interned for publications in India. Check out her work at or github.com/kpananjady.
Mark Pazniokas, Capitol Bureau Chief
Mark is a founder of the CT Mirror, a former staff writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer and a former contributing writer for The New York Times. In 35 years as a reporter, he has covered some of the most compelling political stories in the state, including the impeachment inquiry and resignation of Gov. John G. Rowland in 2004, the nationally watched Senate race won by Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman as an independent in 2006, and Linda McMahon’s efforts to remake campaigning in Connecticut by spending $100 million on runs for U.S. Senate in 2010 and 2012. The Washington Post included Mark on its list of best state capitol reporters in the U.S. in 2014. Mark is a graduate of Boston University.
Keith Phaneuf, State Budget Reporter
A winner of numerous journalism awards, Keith Phaneuf has been CT Mirror’s state finances reporter since it launched in 2010. The former State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, Keith has spent most of 31 years as a reporter specializing in state government finances, analyzing such topics as income tax equity, waste in government and the complex funding systems behind Connecticut’s transportation and social services networks. A former contributing writer to The New York Times, Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut.
Bruce Putterman, Publisher and CEO
As Publisher and CEO of The Connecticut Mirror Bruce is responsible for the strategic direction of the organization, revenue generation, product innovation, reader engagement, and all business operations. Before joining The Connecticut Mirror in 2017 Bruce owned and operated a West Hartford-based consulting practice for 16 years, providing strategic planning and marketing services to more than 50 nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, public agencies, private equity firms, and other for-profit clients. His interest in journalism dates back to his college years when he worked in commercial radio and TV news. Bruce served as an elected member of the West Hartford Board of Education from 2003 through 2015, including three years as chair of the board. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History and an M.B.A. in Marketing from Cornell University. He and his wife, Teri Bayer, live in West Hartford and have three adult children.
Ana Radelat, Washington Correspondent
Ana is a longtime Washington correspondent who has won numerous awards, including from The Associated Press and Gannett, She has written from Washington D.C. for more than a dozen newspapers, including USAToday; The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger; the Shreveport (La.) Times; and the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser. She’s also been a regular contributor to other publications, including the Miami Herald and Advertising Age. Some of the stories Ana has broken focused on the strategies of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, former Sen. Trent Lott’s fall from power and questionable Hurricane Katrina contracts. Ana is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.
Jan Ellen Spiegel, Environmental Reporter
Jan has won awards for her reporting on energy, environment and food and agriculture. In 2013 she was the recipient of a Knight Journalism Fellowship at MIT on energy and climate. She is a former editor at The Hartford Courant, where she handled national politics including coverage of the controversial 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. As a freelance reporter, her stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere. She was an editor at the Gazette in Colorado Springs and spent more than 20 years as a TV and radio producer at CBS News and CNN in New York and in the Boston broadcast market. She graduated from the University of Michigan and attended Boston University’s graduate film program.
Paul Stern, Viewpoints Editor
Paul has more than 40 years of reporting and editing experience at newspapers in New Jersey, Florida and Connecticut. He worked 22 years at the Hartford Courant in various editing roles including as deputy state editor, assistant editor of Northeast Magazine, and as an associate editor at Courant.com. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University. A trained chef, he and his wife own and operate a bed and breakfast in an historic home in Mansfield.
Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Education and Housing Reporter
Jacqueline, CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, is 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 – one in beat reporting for her overall education coverage and one for an investigative series exposing questionable monetary and personnel actions taken by the Board of Regents for Higher Education. 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. She has also worked for Congressional Quarterly and the Toledo Free Press. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College. She and her husband, two sons and two dogs live in Hartford.
Adria Watson, Education and Community Reporter
Adria comes to CT Mirror from California: she grew up in Oakland, graduated from Sacramento State where she was co-news editor of the student newspaper, and worked as a part-time reporter at CalMatters (the California version of CT Mirror). Most recently Adria interned at The Marshall Project, a national nonprofit news organization that reports on criminal justice issues. Adria is one of CT Mirror’s Report For America Corps Members.