Behind the Stories: How Connecticut journalists localize national stories

NBC Con­necti­cut’s Chief Inves­tiga­tive Reporter Len Besthoff. Pho­to from NBC Connecticut.

Our third “Behind the Sto­ries” pod­cast fea­tured NBC Con­necti­cut Chief Inves­tiga­tive Reporter Len Besthoff, who talked with UConn Jour­nal­is­m’s Gra­cie Enright about how he dis­cov­ers and cov­ers local inves­tiga­tive sto­ries. The Roundup fol­lowed how the NBC Con­necti­cut Trou­bleshoot­ers team helped expose a major patient abuse scan­dal at the Whit­ing Foren­sic state psy­chi­atric hospital.

Besthoff, a vet­er­an TV reporter, also offered some use­ful tips for aspir­ing broad­cast journalists.

The sec­ond part of the pod­cast fea­tured a con­ver­sa­tion with Hart­ford Courant reporter Vin­ny Vel­la and pho­tog­ra­ph­er Patrick Ray­craft.

The Hart­ford Couran­t’s Vin­ny Vel­la and Patrick Ray­craft. Pho­tos from The Hart­ford Courant.

The two jour­nal­ists talked with UConn Jour­nal­is­m’s Ryley McGin­nis about the eight days they spent in Puer­to Rico doc­u­ment­ing the relief efforts of a team of vol­un­teers from East Hart­ford. Vel­la also explained why sto­ries about the recov­ery in Puer­to Rico are treat­ed like local news in Connecticut.