Colin McEn­roe joins Hearst as colum­nist

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Pop­u­lar ra­dio show host, po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst and hu­mor writer Colin McEn­roe will write a reg­u­lar col­umn for Hearst’s Con­necti­cut news­pa­pers, the com­pany an­nounced Tues­day.

McEn­roe is mov­ing his weekly col­umn to Hearst news­pa­pers in the state on Jan. 20 af­ter a 35-year run in The Hart­ford Courant. It will ap­pear in the Sun­day edi­tion of Hearst’s eight Con­necti­cut daily news­pa­pers.

McEn­roe will also put out an email newslet­ter an­chored by his col­umn. Read­ers can sign up now to re­ceive it.

He joins a lineup of Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia voices that in­clude state gov­ern­ment/busi­ness colum­nist Dan Haar and sports colum­nist Jeff Ja­cobs, who left The Courant for Hearst in 2017 and early 2018.

It also rep­re­sents a fur­ther ex­pan­sion of Hearst’s cov­er­age of state gov­ern­ment and pol­i­tics, al­ready the most com­pre­hen­sive in the state with a team that in­cludes Haar, se­nior state­house re­porter and colum­nist Ken Dixon, state­house re­porter Em­i­lie Mun­son, pol­i­tics re­porter Kait­lyn Kras­selt, in­ves­tiga­tive re­porter Bill Cum­mings, and part­ner­ships with both CT Mir­ror and CT News Junkie.

“I’m psyched to be part of a staff of jour­nal­ists I ad­mire,” McEn­roe said. “Ken Dixon was the best Con­necti­cut po­lit­i­cal colum­nist last year, and Kait­lyn Kras­selt won my Rookie of the Year tro­phy for her elec­tion cov­er­age. I’m a big fan of the way Brian Lock­hart cov­ers Bridge­port (and I think he’s funny, but don’t tell him I said that). I’ve never met An­gela Carella, but I’ve lost count of the times peo­ple from Stam­ford have for­warded her ter­rific work to me. More peo­ple should know about her. And Em­i­lie Mun­son is clearly a ris­ing star up at the State Capi­tol. I am also Dan Haar’s court-ap­pointed guardian, so it makes sense for me to be where I can keep an eye on him.”

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Yale, where he re­cently re­turned to teach, McEn­roe started as a lo­cal news re­porter at The Hart­ford Courant in 1976.

He was a colum­nist for The Courant for 35 years while work­ing in ra­dio. He hosts the Colin McEn­roe show on WNPR at 1 p.m. week­days, and co-hosts WNPR’s weekly Wed­nes­day morn­ing po­lit­i­cal round­table, the Wheel­house.

He has writ­ten three books and a play, and wrote an adap­ta­tion of “Faust” for the Hart­ford Sym­phony Orches­tra. He has mod­er­ated the Con­necti­cut Fo­rum an un­prece­dented 10 times.

Matt DeRienzo, vice pres­i­dent of news and dig­i­tal con­tent for Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia, said that McEn­roe join­ing Hearst is an im­por­tant an­nounce­ment in a se­ries of moves that will of­fer sub­scribers a pre­mium lineup of dis­tinc­tive Con­necti­cut voices, more ag­gres­sive en­ter­prise and in­ves­tiga­tive re­port­ing, com­pre­hen­sive guides to niche statewide top­ics, and the lo­cal news most vi­tal to their com­mu­ni­ties.

“Colin McEn­roe is a Con­necti­cut trea­sure who speaks to and for the res­i­dents and in­sti­tu­tions of this state, tack­ling our big­gest op­por­tu­ni­ties

“I’m psyched to be part of a staff of jour­nal­ists I ad­mire.” Colin McEn­roe

and most per­sis­tent prob­lems with un­matched wit and in­sight,” DeRienzo said. “We’re thrilled to add his voice to the statewide lineup we are build­ing. And stay tuned for more.”

Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia in­cludes eight daily news­pa­pers, the New Haven Regis­ter, Con­necti­cut Post, Stam­ford Ad­vo­cate, Green­wich Time, Norwalk Hour, The News-Times of Danbury, the Regis­ter Cit­i­zen of Tor­ring­ton and the Mid­dle­town Press; Con­necti­cut Mag­a­zine, 16 weekly news­pa­pers and a statewide high school sports site, GameTimeCT.com.

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Writer Colin McEn­roe will joiin Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia as a colum­nist.

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