Davis Dunavin


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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The U.S. Air Force will upgrade the status of a 91-year-old Air Force veteran, who was undesirably discharged in 1948 because he was gay. The veteran, Edward Spires, will now have an honorable discharge, which will give him access to health care and a military funeral.

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A social studies textbook was pulled from public schools in Norwalk and drew attention from the United Nations because it said slaves in Connecticut were well-treated. The U.N. said the book, “The Connecticut Adventure,” distorted the true nature of slavery.

WSHU’s Davis Dunavin recently spoke to Tom Thurston of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale to find out what textbooks still get wrong about slavery’s history in the North.

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Two Connecticut state senators left their posts today as part of a bipartisan deal in the General Assembly to preserve the even party split in the state Senate.

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Bird lovers may see a lot less of the piping plover on the region’s beaches this summer. The little black-and-white shorebirds’ winter habitat in the Bahamas was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew last year, taking a heavy toll on the birds.

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The architect Philip Johnson spent most of his life on an estate in New Canaan, Connecticut, surrounded by buildings he’d built himself – most famously, a glass house. He built the rectangular one-room structure on his 50-acre New Canaan estate in 1949. Although Johnson’s skyscrapers shape the skylines of Manhattan, Pittsburgh and Madrid, the Glass House remains his most famous work.