One year ago last Monday, CT Examiner went live with the goal of returning in-depth, nonpartisan, local news coverage to towns across southeast Connecticut. Funded with venture capital from David Kelsey, and edited by Gregory Stroud, CT Examiner began with a staff of two: Cate Hewitt and Julia Werth. Over time, we added a third reporter, Chris McDermott, and a small pool of freelancers, including arts writer Clare Byrne.
Who knew that exactly one year later we would have an exclusive one-on-one interview with Gov. Ned Lamont to mark phase of one of the reopening of the economy? What better moment also to announce that we are kicking off a job search for a fourth reporter, with the intention of providing full-time coverage of the Capitol.
Related to this, we’d also like to announce a few staffing changes.
We have brought on board Annemarie LePard, a journalism student at Hofstra University, as our summer intern. She made her CT Examiner debut this weekend with a story on Old Saybrook purchasing Adirondack chairs for the town green to provide places for local residents to get outside.
We would also like to announce the departure of Chris McDermott. We will miss Chris’ presence in the newsroom and his coverage of town budgets (which really set the bar).
We also want to announce that we have hired Brendan Crowley, a recent graduate of the well-regarded Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, as a staff reporter. Brendan has been covering state politics in Jefferson City. We hadn’t actually anticipated hiring someone from all the way out in Missouri. He’s young, we think he’s that good, and we are excited to have him at CT Examiner. Brendan starts work Tuesday.
Lastly, we would like to say thank you to our readers for following us and supporting us this last year. CT Examiner was a leap of faith, it has been an enormous amount of work, and we have great things planned this coming year. Stay tuned. We are just getting started.