Davis Dunavin

Reporter

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He fell in love with sound-rich radio storytelling while working as an assistant reporter at KBIA public radio in Columbia, Missouri. Before coming back to radio, he worked in digital journalism as the editor of Newtown Patch. As a freelance reporter, his work for WSHU aired nationally on NPR. 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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Culture
5:28 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Two Years Later, A Movement of Kindness in Newtown

Sunday marks two years since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Over the past two years, thousands of people around the country have responded with acts of kindness.  That includes many different groups and some who have decided to act on their own.

Ashley Petersen, a Sandy Hook native, created a Facebook event called “26 Days of Kindness,” in which each day leading up to Dec. 14 is dedicated to a victim of the shooting.

Petersen’s Facebook event has inspired more than 3,000 people to join.

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Government
12:31 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

New Haven Sending Help For An Ebola-Stricken Sister City

New Haven mayor Toni Harp with church leaders during a service at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU

The city of New Haven, Connecticut shares a special connection with Freetown, Sierra Leone. The two are sister cities, and they have a shared history dating back to slave ship Amistad. It docked in New Haven in 1839 and marked a turning point in the African American fight against slavery. Now Sierra Leone’s largest city is at the center of the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

At St. Luke’s, an African-American Episcopal church in New Haven, Caribbean culture is strong. But Reverend Richard Meadows, Jr., says some of his parishioners are from West Africa.

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Mental health
5:24 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Conn.'s U.S. Senators, Experts Talk Mental Health After Report On Newtown Shooter

Dr. Alice Forrester of Clifford Beers, Sen. Chris Murphy, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU

Connecticut's U.S. Senators met with some of the state's mental health experts on Monday to talk about problems with mental health treatment — and potential solutions. The meeting came three days after the release of a state report, which found a series of missed opportunities in the treatment of the Newtown shooter, Adam Lanza.

The report suggested a lack of communication among Lanza's parents, educators, and mental health professionals. Senator Chris Murphy said it was evidence of a fragmented system of treatment.

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Government
7:22 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Clergy, Police, And Mayors Put Questions To Gun Manufacturers

Bridgeport police officers display recently confiscated illegal guns at a press conference Monday.
Credit Davis Dunavin

Some clergy, police, and town leaders in Connecticut, Westchester County, and Long Island are asking gun manufacturers what they’re going to do to make guns safer. 

Public entities like police departments make up about 40 percent of the market in the gun industry. And some are hoping they can leverage that to improve gun safety.

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Democratic incumbents win in all 5 districts
5:30 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Connecticut's Congressional Democrats Sweep Election

Jim Himes at his polling place on Tuesday.
Credit Alison Freeland

Democratic incumbents in Connecticut's Congressional races bucked a national trend on Tuesday night, winning re-election in all five districts.

Fourth District

In the fourth district, Democrat Jim Himes won for the fourth time in a row. His Republican challenger, Dan Debicella, called Himes to concede the race late Tuesday night.

Himes' win over Debicella is a replay of the 2010 election, which Himes won with 53 percent of the vote.

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