Tom Kuser

Program Director, WSHU Morning Edition host

Tom has been with WSHU since 1987, after spending 15 years at college and commercial radio and television stations. After a short stint as classical music announcer, he was given the task of rebuilding and expanding the news department. Under his direction, the news staff began a tradition of award-winning coverage. Tom has won several Associated Press awards for his own feature reporting, too. He became Program Director in 1999, and has been local host of NPR’s Morning Edition since 2000.

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The beach! For some, the word evokes images of bright summer days along sandy shores, kids and families splashing in blue waters. You might not picture it as the site for a raucous protest though. But back in the late 1960s and ‘70s, Connecticut’s shoreline became ground zero for a movement against private ownership of beaches. A man named Ned Coll made it his mission to open them up to minorities and poor people from the cities.

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This month, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it wants to “roll back” the strict auto emission standards enacted by the Obama Administration.

Jan Ellen Spiegel is the environmental reporter for the online news site, the CT Mirror. She spoke with WSHU's Morning Edition Host Tom Kuser about how this easing of restrictions could impact Connecticut.

Courtesy of the Marcus Family and the Sharon Historical Society

The Borscht Belt was a well-known hub of summer resorts in New York’s Catskill Mountains that was very popular with Jewish vacationers from the region from the 1920s through 1970s.

You may not have heard of a similar, smaller resort hub along the northwestern Connecticut-New York border. It was called “the Gateway to the Berkshires,” and its evolution is a fascinating example of the immigrant experience in America.  

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An effort is underway in Connecticut to get people who were displaced by Hurricane Maria registered to vote. About 4,000 people from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have relocated to the State after the hurricane, and Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is working with a coalition of groups to get them all registered.

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Governor Dannel Malloy's choice for Connecticut’s next chief justice has just barely cleared a major hurdle. This week, Andrew McDonald endured 13 hours of questioning by the General Assembly Judiciary Committee. Sometime before 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, the hearing ended in a tie vote. 20 to 20.

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