About CTNewsJunkie

You read your local newspapers every morning and afternoon. You watch the AP wire throughout the day. Your magazines sit in a high, teetering stack.

Still, your animal is hungry.

Introducing CTNewsJunkie.com, a Connecticut news site that understands the usual media offerings just aren’t enough. Updated daily, CTNewsJunkie features original reporting on state politics, public policy, the courts, and also a healthy focus on our struggling health care system.

Not mere observation. No half-cocked rants. And no regurgitated drivel already recorded in a million other outlets.

We’re offering professionally gathered news you can’t find anywhere else. Whether it’s the latest dirt on a grandstanding senator or a tasty morsel about a gubernatorial candidate  --  give us a week. We’ll be part of your habit.

CTNewsJunkie.com.

Because you need it. Bad.

About the editor

Christine Stuart became editor of CTNewsJunkie in early 2006 after nearly four years as a reporter at The Journal Inquirer in Manchester. At the JI, Stuart covered a variety of beats including the city of East Hartford, the state's scandal-ridden trash authority, and a regional water commission, as well as other towns, police news, and politics. Prior to that, she covered education and transportation issues at the state Capitol for the Hartford Advocate. On a part-time basis, Stuart has worked as a summer youth reading and writing instructor for Our Piece of the Pie in Hartford. Stuart grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. “Christine is one of the hardest working reporters I know,” CTNewsJunkie founding editor Dan Levine said. You can reach her here. You can also follow her work on Facebook and Twitter.

About the business manager

Doug Hardy is both husband and business partner to Editor-in-Chief Christine Stuart, serving as business manager for CTNewsJunkie where he handles advertising, promotional activities and anything else that comes up. As a new media entrepreneur and journalist, Hardy partnered with Lon Seidman of LocalOnlineNews.TV in 2011 to launch the Independent Media Networka cooperative of Connecticut-based news sites and blogs with a goal of helping members reach sustainability. A career journalist, Hardy has worked as a reporter and editor at several newspapers and from 2004 to 2007 was a youth business manager and journalism instructor at Our Piece of the Pie in Hartford, where he helped teens publish a quarterly print magazine called Echoes from the Streets. You can reach Hardy here as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Meet our contributors

Hugh McQuaid has worked as a reporter covering the Enfield Superior Court for the Journal Inquirer in Manchester and before that he was an air crewman and avionics technician in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he worked on Sikorsky helicopters. He grew up in Stafford. He covers the legislature's Judiciary Committee, Veterans issues, and other breaking news stories. You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook and reach him by email here.

Contributing columnist Susan Bigelow is a former political blogger who ran CT Local Politics from 2005-10. She also is a librarian and an author; her second book will be out in early 2012. Her column appears 2-4 times a month and her website is The Extrahuman Union.

Contributing columnist Heath W. Fahle is an analyst and consultant who currently works as policy director of the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, a nonpartisan think tank based in Hartford. Fahle also is principal owner of Revolutionary Strategies LLC, a Web design and communications consulting firm. He lives with his wife in East Hampton. His column appears twice a month and he also publishes a blog here.

Contributing columnist Sarah Darer Littman writes for Hearst Newspapers and an award-winning novelist of books for teens. Long before the financial meltdown, she worked as a securities analyst and earned her MBA in Finance from the Stern School at NYU. Her column appears twice a month and her website is here.

Contributing columnist Terry Cowgill is an independent blogger and was an award-winning editor, columnist, and senior writer for The Lakeville Journal Company. He also hosts "Conversations with Terry Cowgill," an hour-long monthly interview program on CATV6 on Comcast's northwest Connecticut system. His column appears twice a month and he also blogs at CT Devil's Advocate | Red Meat for Mushy Moderates and produces a daily aggregation of political news and commentary called CT Essential Politics.

Ellen R. Delisio is a freelance writer in Middletown who is as comfortable writing about a seventh grader’s day, securely-storing medical records, or a breakthrough in treating toenail fungus as she is covering political campaigns. She has more than 15 years experience writing and editing for daily newspapers, magazines, and the web and fears no topic. Ellen is available on LinkedIn and also by email.

Jonathan Pelto served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1984-1993. He was Deputy Majority Leader and member of the Appropriations Committees during the income tax debate of 1991 and presently works as a strategic communications consultant. His column appears occasionally on CTNewsJunkie and he also has a blog called, Wait, What?

Matt Eagan is a former sportswriter and columnist for the Hartford Courant and several other Connecticut publications. He lives in West Hartford. His column appears occasionally.

About the founding editor

Dan Levine launched CTNewsJunkie in 2005 after logging six years covering Connecticut news, including stints as state Capitol reporter at the Connecticut Law Tribune and at the Hartford Advocate. A Chicago native, Levine is now based in San Francisco and works as West Coast legal correspondent for Reuters. Follow Dan on Twitter here.

About CTTechJunkie.com

CTTechJunkie.com, like CTNewsJunkie.com, is a publication of Dig and Scoop LLC and was launched in 2011 to fill a void in traditional news coverage in Connecticut. Its niche is technology, where Connecticut companies are leading the way in many areas. The site's lead reporter/analyst is Lon Seidman, who is an admitted early-adopter of new gadgets and a creative thinker with respect to technology's impact on economic models. In a given year, you might read a Seidman review of a new plugin electric vehicle or you might see his coverage of various NASA programs with ties to Connecticut people and manufacturers. You can reach Lon on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ as well.

About the Morning Coffee 
& Politics email edition

The Morning Coffee & Politics email blast was launched in 2011 as a way to expand CTNewsJunkie's offerings with a capitol insider's edgy, sometimes snarky take on the events of the previous day and a look forward at the day ahead. MCP's lead writer is Melissa Ozols, a former legislative aide with a wonk's expertise in a variety of policy areas and a keen understanding of how policy is actually produced in the Legislative Office Building. This email service is free and by signing up, you will help us create sustainable new media jobs in Connecticut.