A look at my writing samples.

Here are some of the best stories from the hundreds in my writing portfolio. Dozens of additional samples are included below.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Constable/CTMirror.org

Photo courtesy of Kyle Constable/CTMirror.org

State watchdog launches investigation into vo-tech contracts

The watchdog board that oversees state contracts will investigate whether Connecticut’s vocational-technical school system improperly spent millions of dollars over the past three years on marketing and consulting contracts with two Rocky Hill-based firms.

The State Contracting Standards Board voted Friday morning to formally request information from the State Department of Education about how the Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS) procured at least 13 contracts from the firms – worth about $4.9 million over three years – and how those contracts were approved.

Read the story in the Connecticut Mirror here.


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Hartford rally draws 10,000: 'Complacency is over'

Sharlene Kerelejza was awestruck when she looked out at the crowd gathering Saturday outside the north steps of the State Capitol in Hartford, a throng that Capitol Police say reached 10,000.

Kerelejza, the chief organizer of the Women’s March in Hartford, who had seen interest in the rally grow on Facebook in recent days, said what she saw meant one thing: “Hope.”

Read the story in the Connecticut Mirror here.


Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Rabe Thomas/CTMirror.org

Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Rabe Thomas/CTMirror.org

Control of the CT Senate at stake in battleground districts

State Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano, R-North Haven, has no illusions that Donald Trump will carry state Republicans to victory this fall as Ronald Reagan did 32 years ago, when his coattails helped them gain a stunning 11 Senate seats for a 24-12 advantage.

But Fasano sees opportunity in the hunger for change in a state governed by a Democratic governor and General Assembly with dismal 24-percent approval ratings.

Read the story in the Connecticut Mirror here.


Photo courtesy of Kyle Constable/CTMirror.org

Photo courtesy of Kyle Constable/CTMirror.org

Despite sweltering heat, Trump draws thousands, blasts Malloy

FAIRFIELD — Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump brushed aside skepticism about his decision to campaign in a deep-blue state and drew about 5,000 people to a rally here Saturday on the hottest day of the year.

The crowd, tightly packed and drenched in sweat, filled Sacred Heart University’s William H. Pitt Center to hear Trump, who tailored his message to include heavy criticism of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a litany of statistics about the state’s sluggish economy, and the pointed question, “How did you lose General Electric?”

Read the story in the Connecticut Mirror here.


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IN EAST HAVEN, A SPLIT ON WHAT KIND OF CHANGE TRUMP WILL BRING

As President-elect Donald J. Trump prepares to be sworn in Friday, a middle-aged woman who cast her first presidential ballot for Trump is ready to celebrate him as the new Ronald Reagan. An unemployed landscaper just hopes Trump can bring him a job. Read the story here.

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IN DARIEN, RESIDENTS HOPE TRUMP WILL BRING ECONOMIC GROWTH

The markets are up, and that is a comfort here in the ninth-wealthiest community in the U.S., one of the usually reliable Republican towns in lower Fairfield County that chose Hillary Clinton over Donald J. Trump. Read the story here.

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IN ANSONIA, A SHIFT TOWARD TRUMP AS NEW SYMBOL OF HOPE

Donald J. Trump’s message of a strong defense and economic growth resonates in the Naugatuck Valley, a region that’s never recovered from the disappearance of brass mills and other heavy industry. That message turned Nick Amico into a Trump supporter after backing Barack Obama just four years ago. Read the story here.

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IN AVON, A FEELING OF UNEASE LINGERS AS INAUGURATION NEARS

It’s not hard to uncover a sense of anxiety in the Farmington Valley on both sides of the political divide as the inauguration of Donald J. Trump nears. For some, that anxiety is driven by the uncertainty surrounding Trump, who is set to assume office on Friday. But for others, it is the circumstances they have endured over the last eight years that drive it – and they hope Trump will bring solutions. Read the story here.

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IN VOLUNTOWN, ANTICIPATION OF JOB GROWTH OVER NEXT FOUR YEARS

When President-elect Donald J. Trump stands in front of the U.S. Capitol at noon today to take the oath of office, Diana Kowalsky will be in front of her television. “I’m off Friday,” Kowalsky said earlier this week. “I took [the day] off for the inauguration. We’re going to celebrate.” Read the story here.


Photo courtesy of Markeshia Ricks/The New Haven Independent

Photo courtesy of Markeshia Ricks/The New Haven Independent

National unrest sharpens CT’s focus on police-community trust

Long before most people had ever heard of Ferguson, Mo., Connecticut came dangerously close to a situation with Ferguson-like potential in 1999 when a Hartford police officer shot an unarmed black teenager in a dark parking lot on Enfield Street.

Emotions ran high in the days that followed, but there were no riots on the streets of Hartford. Instead, the community awaited the results of a state investigation taking an unorthodox approach – one officials hoped could earn the people’s trust.

Read the story in the Connecticut Mirror here.


Photo courtesy of Kyle Constable/The Daily Campus

Photo courtesy of Kyle Constable/The Daily Campus

UConn students, faculty concerned racism not a priority for administration

University of Connecticut students and faculty are concerned administrators are not prioritizing persistent systemic racism on campus.

“There is systemic racism,” UConn sociology professor Noel Cazenave said. “I think that it is every bit as deep and broad as it is at the University of Missouri. And I think the administration has done as lousy in dealing with it as the University of Missouri.”

Read the story in The Daily Campus here.


Photo courtesy of Kyle Constable/CTMirror.org

Photo courtesy of Kyle Constable/CTMirror.org

Sweeping plan put forward to control CT's rising health care costs

After spending six months studying new ways to control ever-growing health care costs, a state-hired consulting firm presented a plan to Connecticut’s Health Care Cabinet Tuesday that calls for the largest reorganization and consolidation of health-related state agencies in two decades.

The proposal urges the creation of a new super-agency of sorts – the Connecticut Health Authority – that would absorb the responsibilities of more than a half-dozen existing state agencies. It also would create a quasi-independent oversight agency – the Office of Health Reform – with broad powers to track and limit health care cost increases in the state.

Read the story in the Connecticut Mirror here.


Photo courtesy of Amar Batra/The Daily Campus

Photo courtesy of Amar Batra/The Daily Campus

One-on-one: Herbst talks UConn's path forward in face of uncertainty

Senior staff writer Kyle Constable interviewed University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst during her office hours on Friday, April 29, 2016. She was joined by her deputy chief of staff, Michael Kirk. Herbst addresses the Torrington campus, the Co-op and the future of the university in the face of uncertainty during the discussion. The full transcript of the interview follows.

Read the story in The Daily Campus here.


Dive into my extended portfolio.

In the five years since my first story was published, I've filed hundreds of reports on a wide array of topics. I've separated much of my work over the past year and a half into three major categories, which are listed below.

Click on a category to expand the list of sub-topics. Each sub-topic includes several stories I've written on the subject.

State Reporting (Connecticut)

Elections

2016 General Election

2016 Presidential Primaries

2016 State and Federal Primaries

National Politics

State Politics

Higher Education

Children's Issues

Budget

Access Health CT

Health Care

Infrastructure

Trump Inauguration Series

Miscellaneous

University Reporting (UConn)

Administration

Board of Trustees

State Funding

Tuition

Campus Life

Legislation

Miscellaneous

Town Reporting (Mansfield, Conn.)

Town Council

2016 Elections

2015 Elections

Miscellaneous