Brett Orzechowski - CEO/Publisher
Brett was appointed CEO/Publisher in August 2013. He previously taught journalism at Quinnipiac University with a particular emphasis on reporting stories using nonlinear, interactive digital media, and public affairs reporting with a focus on data and analytics. Brett was also co-creator of the Media Innovation Collaborative (MIC) at Quinnipiac, an interdisciplinary effort by the Schools of Business and Communications designed to equip students with multimedia and entrepreneurial skills. During its formative stages, the MIC incubator fostered 26 media-based businesses with 17 incorporated, of which six secured external start-up capital. Earlier, he was a digital editor and producer at the New Haven Register with 15 state, regional and national awards to his credit.
Jenifer Frank - Editor of The CT Mirror
Jenifer, whose work as a writer and editor has won numerous awards, became editor of The Mirror in November 2011. Previously, she was an editor for The Hartford Courant, where she served as news editor, politics editor and, for five years, editor of Northeast, the paper’s Sunday magazine. She has also been an editor at The Day, in New London. She co-authored “Complicity” (Ballantine/Random House), a history book that explored the North’s involvement in slavery. A New York native, she grew up in Stamford and graduated from Trinity College.
Mark Pazniokas - Capitol bureau chief
Mark, a winner of numerous journalist awards, is the former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and a former contributing writer for The New York Times. In more than 25 years as a reporter, he has covered some of the most compelling stories in the state, including the impeachment inquiry and resignation of Gov. John G. Rowland in 2004 and the nationally watched Senate race won by Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman as an independent in 2006. Mark is a graduate of Boston University.
Jacqueline Rabe Thomas - Education reporter, children's issues
Jacqueline won two first prizes from the national Education Writers Association for her work in 2012 – one in beat reporting for her overall education coverage, and the other, with Keith Phaneuf, in investigative reporting on a series of stories revealing questionable monetary and personnel actions taken by the Board of Regents for Higher Education. Before coming to The Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.'s Maryland newspaper chains. She has also worked for Congressional Quarterly and the Toledo Free Press. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Jacqueline is in the public policy master’s program at Trinity College.
Keith M. Phaneuf - State Capitol reporter
Keith, with Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, won first prize in investigative reporting from the Education Writers Association in 2012 for a series of stories on the Board of Regents for Higher Education. The former State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, Keith has spent most of 24 years as a reporter specializing in state government finances, analyzing such topics as income tax equity, waste in government and the complex funding systems behind Connecticut's transportation and social services networks. A former contributing writer to The New York Times, Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut.
Arielle Levin Becker - Health reporter
Arielle Levin Becker was a finalist in 2009 for the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists, a recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship and the third-place winner in 2013 for an in-depth piece on home caretakers from the National Association of Health Journalists. Arielle previously worked for The Hartford Courant, most recently as its health reporter. She also has covered education and municipal beats for The Courant and for the Home News Tribune of East Brunswick, N.J. She is a 2004 graduate of Yale University.
Ana Radelat - Washington correspondent
Ana is a longtime Washington correspondent who has won numerous awards, including from The Associated Press and Gannett, has written for more than a dozen newspapers, including USAToday; The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger; the Shreveport (La.) Times; and the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser. She’s also been a regular contributor to other publications, including the Miami Herald and Advertising Age. Some of the stories Ana has broken focused on the strategies of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, former Sen. Trent Lott’s fall from power and questionable Hurricane Katrina contracts. A regular contributor to WNPR, Connecticut Public Radio, a partner of The Mirror, Ana is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Journalism.
Alvin Chang - Data Editor/CAR Specialist
Alvin has won multiple awards from the Society of News Design and the Online News Association for his data-driven interactive storytelling. Prior to the Mirror, he was a data visualization developer at the Boston Globe. He has also covered the NHL for ESPN with a metrics-driven approach, and contributed to the New York Observer, Kansas City Star and Boston Globe Magazine. A Kansas native, he holds a master's degree from New York University in interactive art.
Jan Ellen Spiegel - Environmental and energy reporting
Jan, who has won awards for her reporting on the local food movement, is a former editor at The Hartford Courant, where she handled national politics including coverage of the controversial 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. As a freelance reporter, her stories have appeared regularly in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Hartford Courant and elsewhere. She was an editor at the Gazette in Colorado Springs and spent more than 20 years as a TV and radio producer at CBS News and CNN in New York and in the Boston broadcast market. She graduated from the University of Michigan and attended Boston University’s graduate film program.