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 parking garage wall near Chestnut Towers in Springfield, Massachusetts, is one of the sites for a mural project.
Heather Brandon / NEPR

A whole lot of murals are coming to the largest city in western Massachusetts.

The MGM Springfield casino ahead of its August 24, 2018, opening date.
Hoang 'Leon' Nguyen / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

It's been more than six months since the MGM casino in Springfield opened its doors to thousands of gamblers, and curious pedestrians. Here’s a look at some of the casino’s early successes and challenges, and what it all means for Springfield and the state of Massachusetts.

Inside MGM Springfield.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

MGM Springfield is trying to figure out how to keep people under 21 from getting onto its casino floor. 

Interstate 91 looking north in Hartford, Connecticut.
Famartin / Creative Commons

Proposed highway toll legislation was up for debate Wednesday in Hartford. 

A gambler plays a slot machine at MGM Springfield.
Don Treeger / The Republican / Masslive.com/photos

Gaming revenue at MGM Springfield last month was the lowest it’s been since opening, according to figures released Friday from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.