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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News
1:43 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Connecticut Librarians Rally Against State Funding Cuts

Hartford Public Library
Credit (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Dozens of librarians in Connecticut rallied at the Capitol building in Hartford Wednesday in opposition to nearly four million dollars in cuts in Governor Dannel Malloy’s proposed two-year budget. The librarians are concerned that the proposed budget would eliminate funding for the state’s inter-library loan program.

Under the Connecticard program, a library patron can use their local library card to check out books at any of more than 800 libraries in the state.

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Crime
3:53 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Report: Racial Disparity In Some Connecticut Traffic Stops

A report commissioned by the state of Connecticut and released Tuesday shows at least five police departments, Granby, Groton, Waterbury, and state police troops in Tolland and Hartford, are stopping Black and Hispanic drivers at unusually high rates.

Ken Barone, one of the authors of the report, says that doesn’t mean racial profiling is definitely going on there – just that there are “disparities” in how often those five departments stop Black and Hispanic drivers compared to everybody else.

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Crime
4:38 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Dueling Protests At New Haven City Hall After Officer Exonerated

New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman addresses reporters and protesters at a press conference Friday at New Haven City Hall.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU

In New Haven, Connecticut, protests have started again in response to the city's handling of a video showing a police officer using force against a 15-year-old girl at the city's St. Patrick's Day Parade. But this time, two sides are protesting- those who support the officer, and those calling for more scrutiny of his actions.

At a city hall press conference Friday, Chief Dean Esserman said Officer Joshua Smereczynsky would be returned to active duty after an internal investigation exonerated him.

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Crime
3:45 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

In New Haven, St. Patrick's Day Arrest Video Sparks Protests

Protesters inside the New Haven Police Department lobby on Monday, March 23.
Credit Davis Dunavin / WSHU

Tuesday, March 24:

New Haven Mayor Toni Harp says an officer seen in a video forcibly arresting a 15-year-old girl would be removed from active duty. The video appears to show the officer slamming the girl onto the street after an altercation during the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Protesters say she suffered a fractured shoulder and facial bruises.

“I’m happy,” said organizer Barbara Fair. "I am happy. He is off the street. That’s our first demand that we wanted to happen, and it’s happened.”

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Government
1:11 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Tribes Make Pitch For New Casinos In Connecticut

Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Credit Bob Child / AP Photo

The tribes who operate Connecticut’s two casinos say the state will face dire economic consequences if they aren’t allowed to open an additional three casinos. They’re worried about competition from an $800 million casino scheduled to open in 2017 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

At a public safety committee meeting on Tuesday, representatives from the two tribes told lawmakers that competition from the upcoming Massachusetts casino could cost them jobs, and could cost the state revenue.

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