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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A sign at MGM Springfield's casino.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

MGM Springfield's revenue lagged somewhat in its second full month of operation. 

A voting sign.
Keith Ivey / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/kcivey

Turnout is notoriously low in some of the region's big cities. But if you mix Census age data with turnout numbers, there are a couple surprises.

Outside the new Springfield, Massachusetts, casino and hotel.
Leon Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is looking at the impact the new MGM Springfield casino is having on public safety.

The Paramount Theater lobby hosted a press conference announcing state funding to help a planned rehabilitation.
Heather Brandon / NEPR

Massachusetts is chipping in $2.5 million to renovate the Paramount Theater and Massasoit building in Springfield.

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.

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