Christopher Connelly

Reporter

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, produced for weekend All Things Considered and worked as a 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.

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Environment
5:22 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Cove Point Moves One Permit Closer To Reality

Tracey Eno of Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community lives near the Cove Point facility, and asked the governor to put the project on hold.
Credit Christopher Connelly/WYPR

Supporters and opponents of a proposed natural gas export facility in Calvert County turned out by the dozens to a Board of Public Works meeting in Annapolis on Wednesday. What was supposed to be a hearing about a relatively small permitting matter turned into nothing less than a referendum on the entire project.

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Election 2014
8:40 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Annual Crab Bake Is Equal Parts Food And Politics

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Annual Crab Bake Is Equal Parts Food And Politics

Hundreds turned out in Crisfield on Wednesday to pick crabs, eat clams, drink beer and to rub elbows at the 38th annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake. 

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Election 2014
7:46 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Fresh From Low Turnout Wins, Party Front-Runners Set To Race For Governor's Mansion

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown gives his acceptance speech Tuesday night in College Park.
Credit Christopher Connelly/WYPR

As widely expected, Maryland primary voters yesterday selected Democratic Anthony Brown and Republican Larry Hogan to carry their party’s banner into the November election for governor. Maryland's lieutenant governor will now spar for the governor's mansion with the founder of Change Maryland, a rallying point for opposition to the tax and economic policies of the O'Malley administration.

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Inside Maryland Politics
3:49 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Early Voting Turnout Breaks Record But That's Not Saying Much

Credit Kyle Leslie, Matt Purdy / WYPR

Early Voting Turnout Breaks Record But That's Not Saying Much

Polls open at 7 AM tomorrow for voters to have their say in Maryland’s primary. But already, more than 140,000 people have voted. That's record turnout for early voting – nearly twice as many voters cast early ballots this year than in 2012. But WYPR's Karen Hostler tells Christopher Connelly the numbers are still low.

Election 2014
9:14 am
Fri June 20, 2014

New Group Pushes Progressive Candidates To Turn A Blue State Bluer

Cory McCray greets voters at the Maritime Academy, an early voting site in East Baltimore.
Credit Christopher Connelly/WYPR

A new political group in Maryland wants to make the state more progressive. They’re backing candidates for the General Assembly to make this blue state bluer. Maryland Working Families is focusing on economic policies like better wages, paid sick leave and other economic policies to help Maryland’s struggling middle class.

 One of those candidates is Cory McCray, a union electrician and small business owner. Outside an early voting site in East Baltimore, with the temperature in the 90s and humidity oppressive, McCray is upbeat as he greets voters.

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