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.


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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