Connecticut Public is proud to participate in the Report for America initiative, a national service program that places talented, emerging journalists into local newsrooms to report on under-reported issues and communities through its reporting corps. An initiative of The GroundTruth Project, Report for America addresses an urgent need in journalism at a time when news deserts are widening across the country.
Connecticut Public is among 164 newsrooms across the country selected to join Report for America’s journalism program. We are proud to host three RFA reporters: one focusing on the Naugatuck Valley, another on Latino communities throughout the state and one covering housing and housing equity throughout the state and based in Fairfield County. We are focusing on local communities and linking policies and issues to the individuals and families they impact
Meet the Reporters
Ali Oshinskie reports on the Naugatuck River Valley, a region previously overlooked particularly in radio reporting. Oshinskie covers stories that capture the essence of the Valley, including relevant issues related to work and the aging labor force, including the impact on blue collar workers. Recent reports include the effect of COVID-19 on Naugatuck River Valley companies and concerns about absentee voting in the wake of the upcoming election.
Oshinskie has produced live radio shows during internships and fellowships for New Hampshire Public Radio, Marketplace Morning Report, and Connecticut Public Radio. She has written for The Hartford Courant and Arts Council of Greater New Haven’s The Arts Paper, and she has produced for Wondery’s Business Wars Daily and the New England News Collaborative’s weekly program NEXT. Later this year, her writing will be published in “Fast Funny Women,” an anthology of essays. After completing her undergrad at the University of Connecticut, Oshinskie founded a podcasting company, PODSTORIES. Most recently she was a program coordinator for the Yale School of Nursing.
Brenda León covers the Latino community in Connecticut, which represents 17% of the state’s population. Working in tandem with journalists from GFR Media in Puerto Rico, León has chronicled the experience of Puerto Ricans with ties to both Connecticut and the island. Additional coverage includes stories about racial and wealth-based disparities in health, education, and criminal justice, as well as immigration reporting distributed regionally by the New England New Collaborative. Recent reports include a local project celebrating Black, Latinx, and indigenous changemakers and how Hartford’s Park Street has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
León previously covered the recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico during her internship at The Center for Investigative Journalism in Puerto Rico. A graduate from Lehman College at the City University of New York, she focused on broadcast journalism with a concentration in political science. During her time there she was a host at WWRL La Invasora 1600 AM. Her work has been published in The Gothamist, Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), El Deadline and The Mott Haven Herald. A Bronx native, León is a recent graduate from The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, where she obtained her master’s in Spanish-language journalism.
Camila Vallejo covers housing and housing disparities across the state. Before moving into a reporter role, she was an intern and producer for All Things Considered at Connecticut Public Radio. She is a bilingual reporter based out of Fairfield County. Previously, she has worked with the Hartford Courant, Univision 18 and UConn Magazine, her alma mater's alumni magazine.
There Are Many Ways to Support Report For America
Support for CT Public’s Report for America effort can be provided for general support or for specific areas of focus such as Latino community coverage or Housing coverage. Find out more by contacting a member of our Leadership Giving team.
THANKS TO THE LEADERSHIP DONORS THAT SUPPORT THIS WORK:
We gratefully acknowledge the supporters of Report for America, an initiative of The GroundTruth Project:
Access Health Connecticut Small Business
Hoffman Auto Group
Additional Support Provided by:
- Tara and Arthur Diedrick
- Jay Youngling and Susan Jordan
- Joe Zimmel
- William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund
- Joan and Barry Richter
- Valerie Friedman