Craig LeMoult

Senior reporter

Craig produces sound-rich features and breaking news coverage for WSHU’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. His features have run nationally on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition, as well as on Marketplace. Craig has won a number of national and regional awards for his reporting, including the national Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi award feature reporting in 2011, first place awards in 2012 and 2009 from the national Public Radio News Directors Inc. and second place in 2007 from the national Society of Environmental Journalists. Craig is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Tufts University.

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State could take leases away for late payments
5:46 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Shellfishermen say new Conn. leases could ruin them

Ed Stillwagon of Atlantic Clam Farms (at microphone), others from the Connecticut shellfish industry, and state lawmakers in Milford on Wednesday
Credit Craig LeMoult

Connecticut shellfishermen are protesting changes to the leases they’re required sign with the state.  They say new leases could cause them to lose their livelihoods.

Commercial shellfish companies have to lease beds on the bottom of Long Island Sound from the state in order to grow and harvest their catch. The new version of that lease contract says if a company doesn’t pay its lease fee within 10 days, they lose their right to fish the bed. Jimmy Salce of Nutmeg Shellfish says it didn’t used to be that way.

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Foley says he's not anti-union
5:41 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Foley responds to criticism from teachers' union president

The Republican candidate for Governor of Connecticut responded today to a recent accusation from the president of the nation’s second largest teachers’ union.  Tom Foley rejected the suggestion that he’s against public employee unions.

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Weingarten praises New Haven school reforms
11:04 am
Mon September 8, 2014

National teachers' union president calls New Haven a national model

AFT President Randi Weingarten helps a kindergartner at the Fair Haven School in New Haven on Friday
Credit Craig LeMoult

The head of the nation’s second largest teachers’ union was in New Haven, Conn., recently. The city’s schools are being held up as a national model for education reform.

A classroom of kindergartners called out "good afternoon!" in unison to greet Randi Weingarten on Friday. She’s the president of the American Federation of Teachers, which boasts 1.6 million members nationally. 

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Blumenthal & Yale law clinic pressed for policy
8:50 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Vietnam vets with PTSD to get less-than-honorable discharges reconsidered

Vietnam veteran Conley Monk (left) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal in West Haven on Friday
Credit Craig LeMoult

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut is applauding a new policy announced this week by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel regarding less-than-honorable discharges of Vietnam veterans who were later diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.

In a memo released earlier this week, Hagel pledged that the military will carefully review each petition for a change in discharge status based on a PTSD diagnosis.

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Elephant in the Room Boxing Club
5:47 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

New Haven boxing gym trains kids, in an effort to keep violence in the ring

Young boxers in the ring at Elephant in the Room Boxing Club in New Haven (CLICK PHOTO FOR SLIDESHOW)
Craig LeMoult

Life in some low-income neighborhoods is often hard and sometimes violent. One woman in New Haven is trying to prevent violence on the streets, by containing that aggression in a boxing ring.

“Ropes up! 100 revolutions! Lets go!”

Devonne Canady barks orders at about a dozen kids, who spin jumpropes around them while standing on wooden pallets in the parking lot of a boxing gym.

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