John has been working in radio - mostly public radio - for 21 years. Since coming to Connecticut in 1994, he's helped to build WNPR's award-winning newsroom - cultivating one of the most talented news staffs in public radio. He has reported for National Public Radio on presidential elections, crime, education, drug abuse, immigration and more. He's edited award-winning documentaries on Connecticut history, 9/11, and the mental health of children, and has been involved in editorial planning for Public Radio News Directors, Inc., The Public Radio Exchange, and NPR's Local News Initiative. He's won awards for reporting, hosting Where We Live, and "overall station excellence" from the AP.
Since 2004, John has served as an adjunct journalism professor at Quinnipiac University. He's also worked as an editor at NPR in Washington, and at stations in Boston and Pittsburgh. He's a native of the "Steel City," and tells anyone he meets about the Steelers, the Pirates, and Primanti Brothers sandwiches. John is an amateur drummer, who regularly plays music with other WNPR musicians, and dreams of being Charlie Watts or Elvin Jones, or even...well, decent. He lives in Winsted with his wife Jennifer, and cat, Dirk.