The role and impact of journalism on public policy

an evening with The Connecticut Mirror

You’re invited

Join us for a gathering with Connecticut Mirror leadership in which they’ll share insights into the current legislative issues facing Connecticut and how it impacts us locally. Bring your curiosity and your questions for this conversation.

Hosted by Marc and Stefanie Lemcke

Thursday, June 15
7 p.m.

wine and cheese reception

66 North Avenue Westport, CT

Click here to RSVP

(space is limited)

Special Guests

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.

Email:  Twitter: @ctmirrorpaz

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.

Clare Dignan, Director of Philanthropy

As CT Mirror’s Director of Philanthropy, Clare is 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.

Email:  Twitter: @clare_dignan

About the Connecticut Mirror

Launched in 2010, The Connecticut Mirror is the state’s trusted source for in-depth news and reporting on public policy, government and politics.

CT Mirror is nonprofit, non-partisan, and digital only.

Our mission is to produce original, in-depth, non-partisan journalism that informs Connecticut residents about the impact of public policy, holds government accountable, and amplifies diverse voices and perspectives. Advancing this mission results in more informed and politically engaged residents, greater transparency in policy-making, and a stronger democracy.

CT Mirror’s staff consists of award-winning editors and reporters with decades of experience in Connecticut newsrooms and work for other national or state news organizations.

Nearly 90% of CT Mirror revenue is contributed by individuals and organizations who read and rely on our reporting.

We cover a range of public policy topics including the state budget, economic development, politics, education, health, justice, housing, the environment, legislation, and other areas impacted by public policy.

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