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Dave Altimari, Investigative Reporter
At CT Mirror Dave will partner with Investigative Reporter Andy Brown to pursue in-depth investigations 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.
Andrew Brown, Investigative Reporter
Andrew is an investigative reporter with the CT Mirror 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
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.
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, Director of Membership and Digital Innovation
As Director of Membership and Digital Innovation, Kyle Constable manages our membership program, cultivates and provides service to members, and implements 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 Events / Multi-Platform Consultant
Well-known and highly-regarded radio personality and moderator John Dankosky 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. 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.
Katy Golvala, Investigative Research Fellow
As CT Mirror’s first Investigative Research Fellow, Katy Golvala joins Dave Altimari and Andy Brown on our 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. At Columbia, Katy completed projects related to government policy and corporate practices aimed at improving racial equality. She wrote her thesis on the record high levels of corporate insider trading during COVID and the market implications of outsized executive compensation during a global crisis.
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, Justice Reporter
Kelan Lyons is CT Mirror’s justice reporter, covering the intersection of mental health and criminal justice as a Report For America Corps member. 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.
Ginny Monk, Children’s Issues and Housing Reporter
Ginny Monk is the Children’s Issues and Housing Reporter at CT Mirror, covering topics ranging from education and child welfare to affordable housing and zoning. 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.
Christine Nilson, Engagement Officer
Chris Nilson 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 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
Keith has spent most of his 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. He has been the state finances reporter at CT Mirror since it launched in 2010. 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 first-ever 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
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.
Mercy A. Quaye, Columnist and Community Editorial Board Editor
Mercy A. Quaye writes a monthly column called Sightlines for CT Mirror and is the 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 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.