CT Mirror Hires First-Ever Columnist, Adds Investigative Researcher

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CT Mirror Hires First-Ever Columnist, Adds Investigative Researcher

Communications leader Mercy Quaye, Columbia J-School graduate Katy Golvala to join growing CT Mirror newsroom this month


 

September 10, 2021 — The Connecticut Mirror is adding two new staff members to its growing newsroom. Mercy Quaye will join CT Mirror as the first editor of our new Community Editorial Board.  She will also write a monthly column offering unique perspective on life in Connecticut.  Katy Golvala will join our Investigative team as our first-ever Investigative Researcher, supporting and supplementing the work of current team members Dave Altimari and Andy Brown.

Mercy Quaye will lead CT Mirror’s new Community Editorial Board. In that part-time role, she will recruit eight to twelve community members for year-long terms writing opinion essays for CT Mirror about their areas of expertise or interest and providing perspective to the CT Mirror news staff.  She will also write a monthly column that explores the issues and public policies impacting Connecticut residents today.

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 several advocacy organizations, community groups, educational institutions, and political campaigns. 

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.

Mercy starts at CT Mirror next week.

Katy Golvala will be the third member of CT Mirror’s Investigative team, joining Dave Altimari and Andy Brown.  Together, the team will scour documents, analyze troves of data, and conduct countless interviews to publish stories that hold government and government-funded systems accountable by exposing failed practices, unmet needs, gross misrepresentations, and corruption.  

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 this past August.  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. 

Katy starts at CT Mirror on September 20.

CT Mirror Executive Editor Elizabeth Hamilton said she is “thrilled to welcome Mercy and Katy to our growing editorial team. They will bring an important diversity of experience and insight to our work, helping us to further our efforts to be the leading news operation in Connecticut on public policy and accountability reporting.”


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