A list for the New Year in No Particular Order

CT Examiner Editor in Chief Gregory Stroud


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What about 2022 makes you the most proud?

I think Emilia Otte’s “rookie of the year” award from the New England Newspaper and Press Association. She’s a great young reporter. But the more important for me, it’s a sign that in just 4 years we’ve built a newsroom that launches young careers and compete with anyone in the business

And the hardest part about 2022?

The frayed social fabric left by politics and the pandemic

A story that deserved more coverage

The once-in-a-generation missed opportunities as the wealthiest and best-connected businesses, towns, organizations and people engaged in a feeding frenzy of federal aid (with remarkably little to show for it).

Biggest failure of the Right

To hold the Trump administration accountable

Biggest failure of the Left

To recognize the great harm done to young people by pandemic restrictions

Favorite newspaper not named CT Examiner

The Financial Times

Favorite restaurants

Persimmon (Providence), Tavern on State (New Haven), Hachiroku (New Haven), Chef Jiang (Farmington), Shipwright’s Daughter (Mystic), Port of Call (Mystic), Cocotte (Old Saybrook)

Favorite wine stores

Spencer & Lynn (Mystic/Groton), The Wine Thief (New Haven/Madison)

Favorite sausage

Noack’s Meat Products (Meriden)

Favorite bread

The Porridge Loaf at Atticus (New Haven) and the Integrale at Gargano Pasta & Italian Market (Old Saybrook

Favorite fish store

Sea Well Seafood (Mystic)

Favorite food store/charcuterie/butcher

La Salumina (Hurleyville, NY), Provisions on State (New Haven)

Favorite breakfast

Cocotte (Old Saybrook), Carson’s (Noank)