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.


2:44 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Hogan Signs Police Accountability, Tax Bills

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 2:21 pm

Gov. Larry Hogan signed 350 bills on Tuesday that were passed in the recent General Assembly session that ended last month. The list included some police accountability measures, bills aimed at improving the state's business climate and pieces of his own legislative agenda.

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3:07 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Hogan Lifts State Of Emergency, Approves State Worker Pay Bump

Gov. Larry Hogan with Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, left, and Keiffer Mitchell, right.

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 6:22 pm

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan lifted the state of emergency on Wednesday that he initiated last Monday night after protests against the death of Freddie Gray turned into looting and rioting. The governor said there’s still a lot of work to be done to help the city recover and address the underlying cause of the rage that spilled out over the city’s streets.

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12:27 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Tension, But No Injuries, From Penn-North Gunshot

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 6:26 pm

A week after Baltimore’s mostly peaceful protests turned into riots, tensions flared again after a shot rang out at the intersection of Pennsylvania and North Avenues. Officers pursued a man carrying a handgun, which the police department says discharged when the revolver was dropped.

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Baltimore City
8:57 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Most Obey Curfew, Though Some Protesters Push Back

The Maryland National Guard was activated to assist local law enforcement officials with peacekeeping operations in the city during recent protests.

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 12:03 pm

The streets of Baltimore were relatively clear after 10 o’clock on Tuesday night, due to a curfew instituted by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Black after rioters destroyed buildings and set fires across the city.

In the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood, home to Freddie Gray, where demonstrations throughout the day took on a fairly festive tone, many people streamed away as night fell and the curfew loomed. But a handful of activists committed to stay out and test the police.

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Baltimore City
8:56 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Baltimore Cleans Up After Night Of Looting, Riots

Rubble, a solitary elevator shaft are all that are left of the nearly-complete Mary Harvin Center in Broadway East. The corner store next door was also damaged by the fire.

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 6:19 pm

Across Baltimore on Tuesday, volunteers and city workers fanned out to clean up damage caused by looters and riots last night after the funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who died from injuries suffered in police custody.

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Criminal Justice
12:32 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Maryland Quietly Charts A New Direction On Criminal Justice

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 4:08 pm

Despite the partisan budget stalemate that dominated headlines as the Maryland General Assembly session came to a close last week, lawmakers in Annapolis have been slowly moving in a new direction on drug policy and drawing support from both sides of the aisle.

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10:37 am
Tue April 14, 2015

'Age Of Aquarius' in Annapolis Ends In Party Line Budget Vote

Confetti and balloons drop at the end of the 2015 Maryland General Assembly session.

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 11:09 am

  Maryland’s General Assembly went out of business for another year on Monday, ending a session that many hoped would signal the dawn of a new bipartisan era in a party line budget settlement.  GovLarry Hogan praised the legislature for its bipartisan work, but said he probably wouldn’t spend money Democrats set aside for public education, state worker pay and Medicaid and other safety net programs.

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1:28 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Budget Battle Brews In Annapolis As Time Ticks Down

House Speaker Mike Busch talks to reporters about his budget standoff with Gov. Larry Hogan.

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 10:46 am

A budget showdown has been simmering in Annapolis, and with just a few days left before the end of the session, tensions are peaking. House Speaker Mike Busch and Gov. Larry Hogan had tough words for each other Thursday as the two leaders insist on preserving their priorities in the budget.

Busch drew a line in the sand, saying he won’t move forward on the governor’s budget priorities until he gets some assurances on priorities that House lawmakers have expressed.

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1:05 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Maryland Politicians Spar Over Indiana Law

Gov. Larry Hogan

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 8:19 pm

Indiana is drawing fire over a religious freedom law that critics say protects people who want to discriminate based on religious principles, particularly against gays and lesbians. Sparks flew in Annapolis on Wednesday over how Maryland should respond.

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1:36 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Hogan Charter Bill Moves Forward After Major Overhaul

Gov. Larry Hogan, center, reads with US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, right, and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford at Empowerment Academy charter school in Baltimore.

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 10:32 pm

After days of re-drafting and deliberation, a Senate committee moved forward Tuesday on Gov. Larry Hogan’s charter school reform legislation. But it did so after major re-working. In the end, all but one senator on the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee approved a charter reform bill that looked very little like Hogan’s proposal.

“Nobody’s going to be completely happy,” said Chairman Joan Carter Conway. “I haven’t been happy since the day I saw this bill.”

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