Panelists

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Charles Lane

radio reporter and storytelle

Charles Lane is a radio reporter and storyteller. He's worked for NPR, Deutche Welle (Doitcha Vella), Radio Netherlands, Soundprint, Penthouse, the Religion News Service and the Catholic World Report. He's won three Society of Professional Journalists Public Service Awards, and a National Edward R. Murrow award.

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Cassandra Basler (BAZ-ler)

reporter and producer

Cassandra Basler (BAZ-ler) has worked as a reporter, producer and on-air midday host at WSHU Public Radio since 2015. She covers breaking news and changing demographics. Basler is also a reporter at the New England News Collaborative, a group of NPR member station funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Davis Dunavin

Storyteller

Davis Dunavin, loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He’s the host of the podcast OFF THE PATH, which takes him on the road from New York to Boston in search of wild tales. His work has earned him a National Edward R. Murrow award and multiple awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Davis is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which he’d like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain. 

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Dan Katz

News director

Dan Katz is WSHU’s News Director. Dan began his career in public radio at WUFT-FM in Gainesville, Florida while attending the University of Florida. As host and producer of the Front Page Edition of All Things Considered, he interviewed several key political figures as well as some controversial personalities. He has been recognized by the Florida Associated Press and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists for his feature reporting.

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ann lopez

producer, director

Ann Lopez has worked in journalism for more than 20 years.   She started in print and moved onto radio. Ann has worked at Ms. Magazine, Newsday and WGBH in Boston as a producer and director for The World, an international radio news magazine show. Today she is helping to develop a talk show for WSHU Public Radio. Ann loves radio news because it is an elemental way of sharing vital information with the community.  

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RON ropiak

broadcast journalist

Ron Ropiak (ROW-pee-ack) is a broadcast journalist with a wealth of experience in both commercial and public broadcasting.  Since he first began his career at WNYU, he has participated in nearly every aspect of the business; Ron has produced, written, reported and anchored programs on Connecticut Public Television, Associated Press Radio, WNET, WICC, and WNLK and others.  Ron also served as producer and host of General Electric TV, and for the IBM TV Network, which at the time was the largest private television network in the world.

As the host of WSHU Public Radio’s new talk show launching this fall, Ron will lead a lively and thought-provoking hour each weekday on political, economic, and public affairs issues important to our region, as well as breaking news.