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.


2:34 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Cardin Talks Criminal Justice Reform, Baltimore Revitalization

Sen. Ben Cardin introduced sweeping criminal justice reform in the Senate alongside Sen. Barbara Mikulski.

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 5:09 pm

Sen. Ben Cardin was in Baltimore yesterday talking up federal legislation he introduced in the wake of the unrest following the death of Freddie Gray. Cardin’s so-called BALTIMORE Act, which is co-sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, is a push to improve police-community relations.

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Baltimore City
12:17 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Mikulski Talks Federal Criminal Justice Reforms

Sen. Barbara Mikulski talked with faith leaders from Clergy United to Transform Sandtown at First Mt. Calvary Baptist Church on Monday.
Christopher Connelly/WYPR

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 12:33 pm

Sen. Barbara Mikulski was in Sandtown Monday to talk with clergy about criminal justice reforms at the federal level, and discussed measures being considered in the Senate aimed at strengthening police-community relations.

Mikulski is the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations committee.  That committee gave approval last week to a spending bill that includes initiatives Mikulski thinks can improve policing. She said the protests following the death of Freddie Gray from injuries sustained in police custodies put light to a problem that exists in communities across the nation.

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1:12 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Environmentalists Sue Hogan Over Blocked Clean Air Rules

Smoke stack at Morgantown Generating Station.
Chesapeake Bay Program via flickr

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 12:31 pm

Two environmental organizations are suing Gov. Larry Hogan for blocking proposed clean air regulations on his first day in office. The Sierra Club and Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility argue that the governor lacked the authority to pull back the rules aimed at reducing nitrogen oxides that are key ingredients in ozone.

Just before leaving office, the Maryland Department of the Environment under then-Gov. Martin O’Malley approved smog-combatting regulations that would have required coal-fired power plants to run pollution controls throughout the summer ozone season and forced upgrades to pollution control technology in older facilities.

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4:00 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Advocates Apply Pressure As Lawmakers Talk Policing Reform

Rev. Todd Yeary, president of the Maryland chapter of the NAACP, flanked by Benjamin Jealous of the Southern Elections Fund and CASA de Maryland's Lydia Walther Rodriguez.

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 5:11 pm

A workgroup made up of Maryland lawmakers met today in Annapolis to start exploring potential policing and accountability reforms that can be done at the state level. It was a largely organizational meeting, but advocates ranging from the ACLU and the NAACP to Amnesty International and CASA de Maryland used the date as a chance to make it clear that advocates are ready to put pressure on lawmakers to make change happen.

The General Assembly's leadership convened the workgroup on public safety after protests against police use of force erupted across Baltimore following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray from injuries sustained while in police custody.

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Baltimore City
11:55 am
Thu June 4, 2015

What Are Lawyers Asking About The Freddie Gray Case?

Baltimore City Circuit Court
by k1rsch via flickr

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 12:28 pm

In a little less than a month, the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray will be arraigned in Baltimore Circuit Court. There are a number of questions outstanding in this case –more will crop up as more details emerge – but some big ones have already developed.

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