Heather Brandon

Digital News Editor

Heather Brandon is digital editor for NEPR. She lives in Hartford with her husband and three children. Before Hartford, Heather lived in Springfield, MA for several years.

She previously worked as Digital Content Manager and Digital Editor at WNPR, spearheading many of the station’s digital initiatives, and was a producer for WNPR’s talk shows and news broadcasts.

Before moving to public media, Heather created and authored the Hartford and Springfield blog Urban Compass, which focused on local urban development, politics, and community building. She also co-owned a graphic design and website development business, and founded and edited an all-volunteer youth 'zine.

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The Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox, Massachusetts.
Town of Lenox, Massachusetts / lenox.org

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed legislation approving a land swap deal in the Berkshires. The town of Lenox will give about 105 acres to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Thomas Schlosser / Creative Commons

MGM Resorts has announced a gambling partnership with the NBA and WNBA. But don't look for betting on basketball at MGM’s new Springfield casino anytime soon.

Puerto Rican families displaced by hurricanes last year and relocated to Western Massachusetts seek help from Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey and are trying to deliver messages to their offices in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it will keep paying for temporary housing until the end of June for hurricane evacuees from Puerto Rico. But it says it's the last extension it will offer. 

Progress continues on the MGM Springfield casino project as they look to the grand opening in five months. This is the view along Main Street looking south.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

A new survey from Western New England University finds a majority of Springfield, Massachusetts, residents continue to support the MGM casino project downtown, 61 to 26 percent.

Evacuees from Puerto Rico gather in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Thursday, April 19, 2018, facing a housing crisis.
Greg Saulmon / The Republican / MassLive.com/photos

Hurricane Maria evacuees from Puerto Rico won’t be evicted from temporary housing on Friday. A federal program offering assistance will get a funding extension until May 14. 

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass.
Berkshire Museum / Creative Commons

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, received approval from state's highest court Thursday for an agreement allowing it to sell up to 40 artworks. The decision clears the way for a contentious sale that will include some pieces by Norman Rockwell.

A special City Council meeting in Springfield, Massachusetts, would have centered around a vote that could bar city employees from interfering with a church's offering sanctuary to Gisella Collazo was postponed.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The Springfield, Massachusetts, City Council on Thursday proposed an order that says no city employee should interfere with South Congregational Church in providing sanctuary to a woman from Peru. 

Tara Parrish, Director of the Pioneer Valley Project, speaks inside the South Congregational United Church of Christ in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

A Springfield, Massachusetts, church is offering sanctuary to a Peruvian woman facing deportation, along with her two American-born children.

Smartphone.
helloolly / Creative Commons

A Connecticut-based group looking to prevent school shootings has launched an anonymous reporting system for students wishing to identify at-risk individuals. 

A view from Ann Uccello Street in Hartford, Connecticut, looking toward Main Street.
Heather Brandon / NEPR

The city of Hartford, Connecticut, is planning changes around its new downtown baseball stadium. 

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