CTNewsJunkie.com is your authentic, locally-owned and operated source for news about politics and public policy here in Connecticut. CTNewsJunkie has been providing a watchdog presence at the state Capitol since 2005 with a focus on the state legislature, state government, the courts, health care, and the larger picture of politics in general. CTNewsJunkie is a publication of Dig & Scoop LLC.

About the editor

Christine Stuart became editor of CTNewsJunkie in early 2006 after nearly four years as a reporter at The Journal Inquirer in Manchester. At the JI, Stuart covered a variety of beats including the city of East Hartford, the state’s scandal-ridden trash authority, and a regional water commission, as well as other towns, police news, and politics. Prior to that, she covered education and transportation issues at the state Capitol for the Hartford Advocate. Stuart also worked as a summer youth reading and writing instructor for Our Piece of the Pie in Hartford.

Stuart grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. “Christine is one of the hardest working reporters I know,” CTNewsJunkie founding editor Dan Levine said. You can reach her here. You can also follow her work on Facebook and Twitter.

About the business manager

Doug Hardy is both husband and business partner to CTNewsJunkie Editor-in-Chief Christine Stuart. He is the company’s business manager and handles advertising and marketing services, fundraising, promotional activities, and anything else that comes up. Hardy worked as a reporter and editor at several newspapers from the late 1980s through 2011, when he left his last print news job as an associate editor at the Journal Inquirer to become a partner Christine at CTNewsJunkie.com. Hardy also worked as a youth business manager and journalism instructor at Our Piece of the Pie in Hartford, where he helped teens publish a quarterly print magazine called Echoes from the Streets. You can reach him here as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Meet our op-ed contributors

Susan Bigelow is an award-winning columnist who, before joining us at CTNewsJunkie, published and blogged about politics at CTLocalPolitics.com from 2005-2010. She is a librarian and lives in Enfield with her wife and their cats. She has also authored several novels.

Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at PolitiConn and is the retired managing editor of The Berkshire Edge in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Follow him on Twitter @terrycowgill or email him here.

Susan Campbell is a career journalist and columnist, formerly with The Hartford Courant and lately also writing for Hearst. She is author of “Frog Hollow: Stories From an American Neighborhood,” “Tempest Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker,” and “Dating Jesus: Fundamentalism, Feminism, and the American Girl.” Find more at susancampbell.substack.com.

Jonathan L. Wharton is associate professor of political science and urban affairs and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies Interim Associate Dean at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. Wharton is a former chairman of the New Haven Republican Town Committee and Connecticut Republican State Central Committee member.

Ellen Andrews is an expert on health policy and chairs the board of the nonprofit Connecticut Health Policy Project.

Barth Keck is an English teacher and assistant football coach who teaches courses in journalism, media literacy, and AP English Language & Composition at Haddam-Killingworth High School in Connecticut.

Jamil Ragland writes and lives in East Hartford. You can read more of his writing at www.nutmeggerdaily.com.

Anthony Cherolis is a former aerospace engineer, BiCi Co. founder, a Hartford resident, and the Transport Hartford Coordinator at the Center for Latino Progress. He also writes at All Famous Together.

Kerri Ana Provost is a Hartford-based writer who also publishes at RealHartford.org.

About the founding editor

Dan Levine launched CTNewsJunkie in 2005 after logging six years covering Connecticut news, including stints as state Capitol reporter at the Connecticut Law Tribune and at the Hartford Advocate. A Chicago native, Levine is now based in San Francisco and works as West Coast legal correspondent for Reuters. Follow Dan on Twitter here.

About CTTechJunkie.com

CTTechJunkie.com, like CTNewsJunkie.com, is a publication of Dig & Scoop LLC and was launched in 2011 to fill a void in traditional news coverage in Connecticut. Its niche is technology, where Connecticut companies are leading the way in many areas. The site’s lead reporter/analyst is Lon Seidman, who is an admitted early adopter of new gadgets and a creative thinker with respect to technology’s impact on economic models. Seidman is now spending most of his time reviewing technology on his youtube channel, Lon.tv where he has more than 327,000 subscribers. You can reach Lon on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Morning Coffee 
& Politics email edition

The Morning Coffee & Politics email blast was launched in 2011 as a way to expand CTNewsJunkie’s offerings with a capitol insider’s edgy, sometimes snarky take on the events of the previous day and a look forward at the day ahead. MCP’s lead writer is Melissa Ozols, a former policy aide with a wonk’s expertise in a variety of areas and a keen understanding of how policy is actually produced at the Capitol. Sign up here.