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Diane Orson

Diane Orson is CT Public Radio's Deputy News Director and Southern Connecticut Bureau Chief. For years, hers was the first voice many Connecticut residents heard each day as the local host of Morning Edition.  She is a longtime reporter and contributor to National Public Radio. Her stories have been heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition and Here And Now.  She is the co-recipient of a Peabody Award.  Her  work has been recognized by the Connecticut Society for Professional Journalists and the Associated Press, including the Ellen Abrams Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism and the Walt Dibble Award for Overall Excellence.

Diane is also an active professional musician.  She and her husband are the parents of two very cool adult children.

  • Hank Bolden is one of thousands of U.S. soldiers exposed to secret nuclear weapons tests in the 1950s. He's now using compensation money from the federal government to focus on his first love: music.
  • Yale University agrees to return to Peru hundreds of artifacts from the Incan site of Machu Picchu. The objects have been at the center of a debate that has lasted almost a century, and culminated last year when the government of Peru threatened to sue Yale to get the artifacts back.
  • Connecticut becomes the first state to sue the federal government over the federal No Child Left Behind law. The state says the federal government is forcing it to spend millions of its own dollars on unnecessary tests.
  • The Supreme Court ruled this past week that local governments can seize private property for use in public projects. The decision paves the way for the city of New London, Conn., to proceed with an economic development plan. The ruling also means that seven families living in New London's working-class neighborhood of Fort Trumbull now face being forced from their homes. But the homeowners say the struggle is not over. Diane Orson of member station WNPR reports.