Dave Altimari, Investigative Reporter
Dave is a member of CT Mirror’s investigative team, pursuing stories focused on government accountability including financial oversight, abuse of power, corruption, safety monitoring, and compliance with law. Before joining CT Mirror Altimari spent 23 years at the Hartford Courant breaking some of the state’s biggest, most impactful investigative stories, including the investigation that led to the impeachment and eventual arrest of former John G. Rowland on corruption charges, children being improperly restrained and dying in psychiatric hospitals, child abuse in the Catholic Church, disabled people dying in group homes due to staffing shortages or criminal activity, and multiple investigations into police misconduct. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and has been awarded the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award for Public Service, the Roy W. Howard Award, a National Headliner Award, and numerous other prizes over the years for his work. Dave is a graduate of the University of Dayton.
Jessica Bravo, General Assignment Reporter
Jessica is CT Mirror’s Emma Bowen Foundation general assignment intern for the 2022 / 2023 academic year. She is currently a senior at Central Connecticut State University pursuing her bachelor’s degree in journalism. Within the journalism program, she concentrates in print and online journalism. She also works at her school’s newspaper, The Recorder, and peer mentors first-year undergraduates at Central. Jessica is a Connecticut native through and through.
Andrew Brown, Investigative Reporter
Andrew is a member of CT Mirror’s investigative team, and his coverage is largely focused on government accountability, financial oversight, abuse of power, corruption, safety monitoring, and compliance with law. Prior to joining the CT Mirror, Brown was a news reporter at papers in North Dakota, West Virginia and South Carolina. He’s covered business, environmental issues, local governments and state legislatures. His stories garnered several investigative and public service journalism awards, including one for coverage of how utility executives strung along a failing $9 billion nuclear power project in South Carolina in order to cash in on bonuses. Brown grew up in western Pennsylvania and attended the University of Missouri’s graduate school of journalism.
Stephen Busemeyer, Managing Editor
Stephen is CT Mirror’s managing editor, where he helps to manage and support the reporters on the news staff. 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.
Jenna Carlesso, Health Reporter
Jenna 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 writes about urban and regional issues for CT 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, Director of Membership and Digital Innovation
Kyle is CT Mirror’s director of membership and digital innovation, overseeing the organization’s membership program, cultivating and providing services to members, and implementing marketing programs to grow CT Mirror readership and engagement. Kyle was previously 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, Host, Podcasts and Events
John is a well-known and highly-regarded radio personality and moderator, who co-hosts our podcast Untold and Steady Habits. He also serves as Director of News and Audio for the public radio 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 nearly 30 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 as 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.
Gabby DeBenedictis, Audience Engagement Specialist
Gabby is CT Mirror’s audience engagement specialist, working to grow the organization’s reach and, ultimately, impact by bringing the journalism to more people in the state. She works to distribute CT Mirror’s journalism through both in-person events and using digital tools like newsletters, social media, search, podcasts, virtual events and more. She previously worked as a general assignment editor on Patch.com’s Connecticut team and as an associate editor at The Woonsocket Call in Rhode Island. She is a Connecticut native and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UConn in 2020.
Clare Dignan, Development Officer
Clare is CT Mirror’s development officer, responsible for securing the financial resources to sustain and grow CT Mirror’s accountability journalism. She started her career in journalism as a reporter with Hearst Connecticut Media, where she has won multiple awards for her reporting, including being honored with the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists Theodore Driscoll Award for Investigative Reporting for her contribution to a series exploring gun deaths in the state and the Stephen Collins Award for Public Service Journalism for an investigative series she led digging into intimate partner homicides during the Coronavirus pandemic. She grew up in Connecticut and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Quinnipiac University.
Jaden Edison, Justice Reporter
Jaden is CT Mirror’s justice reporter. He was previously a summer reporting fellow at the Texas Tribune and interned at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. He received a bachelor’s degree in electronic media from Texas State University and a master’s degree in investigative journalism from the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University.
Katy Golvala, Investigative Reporter
Katy is a member of CT Mirror’s investigative team. Originally from New Jersey, Katy earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Mathematics from Williams College and received a master’s degree in Business and Economic Journalism from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in August 2021. Her work experience includes roles as a Business Analyst at A.T. Kearney, a Reporter and Researcher at Investment Wires, and a Reporter at Inframation, covering infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Lisa Hagen, Federal Policy Reporter
Lisa is CT Mirror and CT Public’s shared federal policy reporter. Based in Washington, D.C., she focuses on the impact of federal policy in Connecticut and covers the state’s congressional delegation. Lisa previously covered national politics and campaigns for U.S. News & World Report, The Hill and National Journal’s Hotline. She is a New Jersey native and graduate of Boston University.
Elizabeth Hamilton, Executive Editor
Elizabeth is CT Mirror’s executive editor and has responsibility for all of the journalism content on CT Mirror. She partners with the publisher in leading the organization and manages the news staff. 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.
Jessika Harkay, Education Reporter
Jessika is CT Mirror’s Education Reporter, covering a wide range of issues including the K-12 achievement gap, education funding, curriculum, mental health, school safety, and inequity in education. Most recently, Jessika was a breaking news reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Prior to that she was a breaking news reporter for the Hartford Courant and a reporting intern at the New York Daily News. Jessika earned an Associates of Arts degree from Colorado Mountain College and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Baylor University.
Yehyun Kim, Visual Journalist
Yehyun is CT Mirror’s visual journalist 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.
José Luis Martínez, Data Reporter
José is CT Mirror’s data reporter, reporting data-driven stories and integrating data visualizations into his colleagues’ stories. Prior to joining CT Mirror he spent the summer of 2022 at the Wall Street Journal as an investigative data intern. Prior to that, José held internships or fellowships with Texas Tribune, American Public Media Group, ProPublica, Bloomberg and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. A native of Houston, he graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in journalism.
Nicole McIsaac, Audience Engagement Intern
Nicole is an audience engagement intern at CT Mirror. She works with staff to repackage CT Mirror stories for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok. She also produces explainer slide sets and short-form video based on CT Mirror reporting. A senior at Quinnipiac University, Nicole is the managing editor of the student-run newspaper The Quinnipiac Chronicle and is enrolled in a program that will award her a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in public relations.
Ginny Monk, Housing and Children’s Issues Reporter
Ginny is CT Mirror’s housing and children’s issues reporter, and a Report For America corps member. She covers a range of topics, from affordable housing and zoning to child welfare. Ginny grew up in Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas’ Lemke School of Journalism in 2017. She began her career at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette where she covered housing, homelessness, juvenile justice, and investigations. Along the way Ginny was awarded a 2019 Data Fellowship through the Annenberg Center for Health Journalism at the University of Southern California. She moved to Connecticut in 2021 and covered housing for Hearst CT.
Briana Nelson, Community Engagement Intern
Briana works for our team doing intelligence gathering for Connecticut’s underrepresented communities of color to develop CT Mirror’s relationship and understanding with the Black communities in Bloomfield, Hartford, and Windsor. She has recently graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. Prior to graduation she worked as a writing intern for the university’s Office of Institutional Equity, editing hiring narratives and writing a guidelines handbook for Office’s search committee.
Christine Nilson, Engagement Officer
Chris is a member of CT Mirror’s business team, deepening relationships with existing donors and building relationships with prospective new donors. Prior to joining CT Mirror in early 2022 Chris gained twenty years of experience at Trinity College in the areas of donor stewardship and volunteer engagement, philanthropic giving, event planning, executive administrative support, and relationship and partnership building. Chris grew up in Kansas and New Mexico and attended Kansas State University. She lives in Bristol, CT.
Mark Pazniokas, Capitol Bureau Chief
Mark is a founder of CT Mirror, a former staff writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer and a former contributing writer for The New York Times. In 40 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
Keith is CT Mirror’s state budget reporter, joining the newsroom shortly after it launched in 2010. He has spent most of his more than 30 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. Prior to joining CT Mirror Keith was State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, a reporter for the Day of New London, and a former contributing writer to The New York Times. Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut.
Erica E. Phillips, Economic Development Reporter
Erica is CT Mirror’s economic development reporter. Before joining CT Mirror in August 2021 Erica was a writer / producer for public radio’s Marketplace, and was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal for seven years, first as a general assignment / regional economy reporter and then as a supply chain reporter covering freight, trade, and e-commerce. She grew up in Minneapolis, MN, graduated from Haverford College in Pennsylvania with a degree in economics and a concentration in Latin American studies, and received a master’s in specialized journalism from the University of Southern California.
Bruce Putterman, Publisher and CEO
Bruce is CT Mirror’s publisher and CEO, responsible for the strategic direction of the organization, revenue generation, product innovation, reader engagement, and all business operations. Before joining CT 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.
Mercy A. Quaye, Columnist and Community Editorial Board Editor
Mercy is a monthly columnist and editor of CT Mirror’s Community Editorial Board. In 2015 she founded and continues to lead The Narrative Project, a mission-driven communications consulting group providing communications support to non-profit organizations throughout the state. Born and raised in New Haven, Mercy has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in Public Relations, Social Media and Applied Communications, both from Quinnipiac University. Her work experience includes roles as a columnist for Hearst Connecticut, Adjunct Professor of Digital Journalism at Southern Connecticut State University, radio show host, and communications specialist for advocacy, community, and educational organizations.
Jan Ellen Spiegel, Environmental Reporter
Jan is an award-winning energy, environment and food and agriculture reporter. 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 is the editor of CT Mirror’s opinion page, CT Viewpoints. He 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 began his journalism career in New Jersey, then migrated to the Sun-Sentinel and Fort Lauderdale News where he was a county government reporter and white-collar crime investigator. 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.