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    John Ruddy
    Friday, May 17, 2024

    DAY NEWSROOM: Copy Desk Chief

    John Ruddy

    Copy Desk Chief

    Phone: (860) 701-4365

    John Ruddy

    John Ruddy first got into journalism thanks to a college friend, whose enthusiasm for it rubbed off on this “misguided engineering major.”

    The rest, as they say, is history. In what he calls his “30 big years” of working at The Day, John has worn a few different hats. He started as a clerk, became a town reporter and then a police reporter, before settling in on the copy desk in 1992. Today, he edits stories and designs pages as copy desk chief, writing the occasional history feature for the front page. John has been teaching journalism classes, including news writing and editing, for 12 years at the University of Connecticut. He also has worked on four books about the rich history of this region. His most recent, “When Disaster Strikes: Shipwrecks, Storms and Other Calamities in Southeastern Connecticut,” which he co-wrote with M. Dirk Langeveld, was released in December 2017. His favorite period of research is the early 20th century, a heyday for New London. “Everything seemed very vital then,” he says. Despite his thorough knowledge, years of experience and all the journalism awards under his belt, John is humble. He does, however, have a few pet peeves (“when people say ‘between 4 to 6 p.m.’ – it’s ‘and!’”), as well as a whole list of words he hates (stakeholder and symbiotic top it). A lifelong Waterford resident, John enjoys riding his bike around the area – particularly to Ocean Beach Park. On a typical night in the newsroom, you can often hear this otherwise quiet editor randomly calling out trivia questions or debating the news value of a story. This self-described “big fan of commas” also is a big fan of baseball; he’s patiently waiting for the New York Yankees to win their 28th championship.


    By John Ruddy

    Beatrice Cuming, a painter who spent much of her career in New London, chronicled her era in vibrant scenes that show technology, the waterfront and people. Her work is on display at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in “Beatrice Cuming: Connecticut Precisionist.”
    An architect and YouTuber from South Africa has looked at the evidence and produced two videos he says explain why New London’s First Congregational Church fell.
    Monday’s solar eclipse will be partial here, but 99 years ago most of Connecticut experienced totality.
    Nathan Hale was hired to teach in New London 250 years ago this month. To mark the anniversary, here’s a look back at the never-ending journey of his schoolhouse.
    New London’s First Congregational Church, which collapsed Jan. 25, rose in 1850 amid architectural debate and structural problems.
    For over 170 years, the stone spire of the First Congregational Church rose above downtown New London, a seemingly eternal reminder of the city’s early days and an instantly recognizable part of its modest skyline.
    Over more than a century, Connecticut has been the setting for many movies. A new book offers a tour of the state’s varied film career.
    Here’s some Christmastime news of old from The Day to celebrate the digitization of its archives by Newspapers.com.
    “Abandon in Place” at the FloGris features the work of Anna Audette, who saw loveliness and history in the things and places Americans left behind.
    An exhibition at the University of Connecticut looks at the history of printmaking before photography.