Learned from tragedy at conference on journalism and trauma 

NEW YORK -- On April 14, I attended a seminar hosted by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University Journalism School in New York.

The day-long seminar focused on the way journalists reported on the Dec. 14, 2012 mass murder of 20 children and several adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

I was able to query notable figures such as Connecticut State Police Spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance;  Newtown, Conn., First Selectwoman Patricia Llodra; and Andy Carvin, the controversial social media strategist for National Public Radio.

While hundreds of journalists swarmed the tiny Connecticut hamlet after the tragedy, I was one of the few invited into the home of a victim's parents for an in-depth interview.


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Honored to win agricultural journalism prize

HARTFORD -- My 2012 feature story about the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (the first of its kind in the nation, where many scientific breakthroughs have been achieved) won the state's Agricultural Journalism Award.

I've written a lot about the CAES in the past. Really, this place has changed the world. It's well worth paying the few cents to to read the story.

I was presented the award at the state's Agricultural Day at the Capitol in Hartford, where I had a free sample of bison soup.

Blight coverage wins state journo award

WOODBRIDGE, Conn. -- In May, 2012, I was honored to win the Connecticut chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists' first place aard for best in-depth series reporting in a newspaper above 50,000 circulation.

The award was for my series of articles on blight in the city of Waterbury, Conn., which directly led to the city's demolition of dilapidated houses and improved municipal response to problems associated with run-down neighborhoods.