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Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network Names Jeff Cohen News Director of WNPR

Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) today announced it has appointed Jeff Cohen as News Director of WNPR, its network of public radio stations in Connecticut, western Massachusetts and eastern Long Island affiliated with National Public Radio (NPR).

“Jeff has been a vital member of the WNPR team since 2010.  His comprehensive knowledge of Connecticut mixed with his fresh, thorough reporting of local, regional and national issues makes him the right person to lead WNPR’s news division into the future,” said Jerry Franklin, president and CEO of CPBN.  “Jeff’s is a voice you can count on.”

Cohen, 42, has been a WNPR reporter and occasional host for All Things Considered since 2010.  During his past seven years on the news staff, Cohen has reported on notable stories, including  the tragic 2012 Newtown shootings, the controversy surrounding the Hartford minor-league baseball stadium development, Hartford city politics, and health issues such as the Affordable Care Act and medical education. Cohen has recently taken part in Investigative Reporters & Editors’ training in computer-assisted and data reporting.  Many of Cohen’s reports have been featured nationally on NPR.

Prior to joining WNPR, Cohen was a reporter at the Hartford Courant and the Meriden Record-Journal and was a freelance writer for the New York Times. He’s also the author of two children’s books.

Cohen is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

He and his family live in Middletown, CT.

Cohen officially started in his role as News Director on June 1. 


About Connecticut Public Broadcasting

The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) is home to CPTV, WNPR and the Learning Lab. CPTV is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs and educational programming. WNPR is an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. The Learning Lab serves high school seniors through a partnership with Hartford Public Schools and the Journalism and Media Academy Magnet School. It is also home to the Institute for Advanced Media, a program that provides the men and women of our armed forces and adult learners an opportunity to learn skills necessary for the 21st century digital media workplace. For more information, visit