Christopher Connelly

Christopher Connelly is a political reporter for WYPR, covering the day-to-day movement and machinations in Annapolis. He comes to WYPR from NPR, where he was a Joan B. Kroc Fellow, and then worked as rundown editor for All Things Considered. Chris has a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley. He’s reported for KALW (San Francisco), KUSP (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and KJZZ (Phoenix), and worked at StoryCorps in Brooklyn, N.Y. He’s filed stories on a range of topics, from a shortage of dog blood in canine blood banks to heroin addicts in Tanzania. He got his start in public radio at WYSO in Yellow Springs, Ohio, when he was a student at Antioch College.


3:03 pm
Tue August 25, 2015

Maryland Lawmakers Look At Police 'Bill Of Rights'

Originally published on Tue August 25, 2015 4:34 pm

  When police officers are accused of misconduct – whether it’s excessive use of force or other lesser abuses – the internal police investigations are governed by the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights. The rules were written into law in 1974 to protect the due process rights of accused officers, but they’ve become a flashpoint for activists who argue they impede transparency and accountability from their police departments. Yesterday, a panel of state lawmakers took up the question of reforming the so-called LEOBR.

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Baltimore City
10:54 am
Fri July 31, 2015

Civil War-Era Men's Detention Center At Baltimore Jail To Be Shuttered

Gov. Larry Hogan and Department of Public Safety and Correction Services Secretary Stephen Moyer at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 7:50 am

Gov. Larry Hogan surprised Baltimore Thursday when he announced that he’ll be closing part of the city’s jail. The Men’s Detention Center, built in 1859, houses about 750 men who will be moved to nearby facilities. The decision comes after years of scandal and lawsuits.

“The Baltimore City Detention Center has been a black eye for our state for far too long,” Hogan said.

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9:08 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Police Reform Advocates Press Lawmakers In Annapolis

Marion Gray-Jones and several dozen activists called on lawmakers to take action to curtail police misconduct in Maryland.
Christopher Connelly/WYPR

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 12:34 pm

Lawmakers in Maryland charged with exploring potential policing reform measures heard from the public in Annapolis on Thursday. More than a dozen activists from a broad coalition of labor, civil rights and faith groups turned out to call for major changes to make law enforcement more accountable, transparent and community-oriented.

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3:05 pm
Sat July 11, 2015

No More Confederate License Plates In Maryland

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 4:42 pm

After South Carolina lawmakers voted to take down the confederate battle flag flying over the state capitol, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday said it’s a fine line to figure out whether the state’s historical monuments are symbols of oppression or of history.

Hogan, speaking with reporters in Annapolis, said the state is no longer making Sons of the Confederacy license plates, and that he thinks the flag in South Carolina should come down. But he said that the Civil War is part of the state’s history, and going much further verges on “political correctness run amok.”

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Baltimore City
11:47 am
Thu July 9, 2015

City Weighs Options For Crude Oil Traveling By Rail

Mike Tidwell of environmental group Chesapeake Climate Action Network calls for an end to trains carrying crude oil through Baltimore at City Hall.

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 12:10 pm

Huge amounts of crude oil are passing through Maryland every year by rail. A dramatic expansion of oil and gas production in the US has left drillers with a central question: How do you get the crude from the oil fields in the middle of the country to  refineries on the coasts. Railroads have been a big part of the answer, but some high-profile accidents have left many cities wondering if they’re at risk.

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