Connecticut Mirror reporter awarded grant to report on impact of state housing

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The Connecticut Mirror has announced that Education Reporter Jacqueline Rabe Thomas was awarded a grant through ProPublica to spend a year investigating the impact of state housing.

According to the announcement, she will report on "how state housing policies and decisions impact educational, health and other outcomes throughout Connecticut" through ProPublica's first State Government program. She will work with Charles Ornstein and Marilyn Thompson, senior editors at ProPublica, a nonprofit that focuses on "investigative journalism in the public interest."

Kathleen Megan, a former Hartford Courant reporter who started working for the Courant in 1983 and began covering higher education in 2010 and PK-12 education the following year, will become an education reporter for the Connecticut Mirror for 2019, the announcement states.

Megan, who holds a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan and a master's degree from the Columbia School of Journalism, "will focus on daily and in-depth education stories for CT Mirror, as well as coverage of legislation related to education during the upcoming legislative session," the announcement states.

The following journalists also are participating in ProPublica's program:

• Ken Ward Jr. of The Charleston Gazette-Mail of Charleston, W.Va.

• David Bernstein of The Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. 

• Alfred Miller of Louisville Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky. 

• Joseph Cranney of The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C. 

• Jason Pohl of Sacramento Bee of Sacramento, Calif.

• Nancy Solomon of WNYC of New York

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