Award-Winning WNPR Journalist to Lead Popular Morning News Program
HARTFORD, Conn. (April 18, 2016) – Lucy Nalpathanchil, a reporter and host for mid-day programming on WNPR including Here and Now, has been appointed to host WNPR’s popular weekday news program Where We Live, according to Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN).
Nalpathanchil was selected to replace the program’s creator and Host John Dankosky, who will leave that position in May to lead the New England News Collaborative (NENC) as its Executive Editor.
Dankosky will continue to appear on WNPR’s weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse with Colin McEnroe on WNPR on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. In addition, he will launch a new radio and podcast program focused on New England issues, scheduled to debut this summer on WNPR.
Nalpathanchil, who has served as a Where We Live guest host in the past, will transition into her full time role on Monday, May 16. The show will continue in its current format and time, weekdays at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Where We Live will also feature reporting from the New England News Collaborative, led by Dankosky.
“Lucy has been a valued member of our award winning reporting staff at WNPR for 10 years, and we are very excited that she will be hosting Where We Live. She is distinguished by her work reporting on issues facing our veterans, and children and families, as well as immigration, and we are looking forward to seeing how this popular show grows and thrives under her leadership,” said Jerry Franklin, President and CEO of Connecticut Public Broadcasting.
Nalpathanchil began her career at WNPR in 2006 as Assignment Editor and later became the local host for All Things Considered for several years. Most recently she was WNPR’s mid-day host during Here and Now. Nalpathanchil contributes to National Public Radio and her stories have aired on several national NPR shows including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. She has also reported for Reuters.
During her time in Connecticut, Nalpathanchil has long focused on immigration issues including New Haven’s controversial ID card program, efforts for an in-state tuition law for undocumented students, and the Becoming American series: stories of immigrants and the citizenship process. In 2011, Nalpathanchil launched the Coming Home Project to tell the stories of returning Afghanistan and Iraq War veterans. She has also been selected for unique training opportunities for military reporters hosted by the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative in Washington D.C. and the William Allen White School of Journalism in partnership with the U.S Army at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Where We Live is a popular call-in radio and online talk show about where we live in Connecticut, in New England, in the United States, and on the planet, and features interviews with politicians, roundtable discussions on timely topics, music and culture, and more.
“This year marks the 10th anniversary of Where We Live, and I am very excited that Lucy will be our new host,” said Dankosky. “I know our listeners will appreciate her insight from years of covering important beats, and her exceptional skill as an interviewer. I am also looking forward to the opportunity to continue to collaborate with her on the show, when I share new stories from all over our region through the New England News Collaborative.”
NENC is a regional news collaborative that includes eight public media stations in New England, led by WNPR, and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The NENC will produce multimedia coverage focusing on the New England region’s energy usage, climate, transportation, infrastructure, and its people and immigration issues. For more information about NENC, visit here.
About Where We Live
Where We Live airs every weekday at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on WNPR. The show is produced by Catie Talarski, Executive Producer, and producers Lydia Brown and Tucker Ives. The Digital Editor is Heather Brandon and the Technical Producer is Chion Wolf. You can follow the show on Twitter at @wherewelive; on facebook at facebook.com/wherewelive; or hear WNPR podcasts at wnpr.org/rss
About Connecticut Public Broadcasting
The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) is home to CPTV, WNPR and the Learning Lab. CPTV is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs and educational programming. WNPR is an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. The Learning Lab serves high school seniors through a partnership with Hartford Public Schools and the Journalism and Media Academy Magnet School. It is also home to the Institute for Advanced Media, a program that provides the men and women of our armed forces and adult learners an opportunity to learn skills necessary for the 21st century digital media workplace. For more information, visit cpbn.org.