The non-profit Connecticut Health Investigative Team [C-HIT] is dedicated to producing original, responsible, in-depth journalism on issues of health and safety, in Connecticut and the surrounding region.
Who We Are
A team of award-winning journalists, based in Connecticut, who have come together to provide the public with informative stories about health, safety and medical issues. C-HIT is a web-based news service that serves three main purposes:
- To fill a void in health, safety and medical coverage by producing a steady stream of news stories, many of them investigative, that focus on systemic problems within the healthcare system that affect real people – ie, the quality of care in hospitals, nursing homes, schools and other facilities; regulatory actions by government agencies; mental health treatment issues involving children and adults; and healthcare reform, including coverage of the insurance industry, the impact on consumers and the elderly.
- To provide regular coverage of healthcare issues faced by veterans, especially those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. C-HIT journalists have extensive experience in covering veterans’ health issues.
- To provide citizens with an independent, continually updated and user-friendly database that empowers consumers to access information from regulatory agencies and other sources on healthcare facilities and providers.
C-HIT has received start-up funding from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation and from the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, and is aggressively seeking funding from other foundation and private sponsors. C-HIT initially will be focused on Connecticut, but could be expanded to other states.
C-HIT is overseen by a team of veteran Connecticut journalists, including: C-HIT Editor Lynne DeLucia, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former assistant managing editor of the Hartford Courant with more than 35 years’ experience in Connecticut journalism; and Senior Writer Lisa Chedekel, a former reporter for The Courant and winner of numerous journalism awards, including a 1999 Pulitzer Prize and a 2007 George Polk Award. The reporting team includes a pool of experienced freelance journalists.
C-HIT works with students in the journalism programs at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT, and the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT, on research for stories, while providing the next generation of journalists with practical reporting experience. C-HIT also runs summer investigative reporting workshops for high school students.
C-HIT is a member of the Investigative News Network, a coalition of non-profit journalism organizations that produce non-partisan investigative news.
Our Board of Directors
Ethics Policy: The Board of Directors provides expertise, guidance and operational support to C-HIT, but has no control or input into editorial decision-making.
Marie K. Shanahan’s interest in the possibilities of interactive media led her away from an early career as a print journalist to the digital side of news. After five years as a newspaper reporter, she spent the next decade as a digital news producer and online editor at The Hartford Courant. Her online roles involved expanding the presentation of all facets of news content on the Courant’s websites, training the newsroom in best practices of online journalism and building audiences with social networking tools. In July 2010, Shanahan joined AOL/Patch.com as a Regional Editor. In August 2011, she was appointed to the journalism faculty at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on the intersection of journalism, technology and free speech/anonymous online speech, as well as online media ethics and emerging digital newsgathering and storytelling techniques. Shanahan holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and history from UConn and a master’s degree in Interactive Communications from Quinnipiac University.
Susan Whetstone has been the interim President-Executive Director of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) since January 6, 2011. She joined CHFA in April of 2009 as its Chief Administrative Officer with responsibility for organizational and operational improvements, strategic planning, information technology and human resources. Prior to joining CHFA, Susan served for nine years as the Chief Administrative Officer for the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington. Susan has held a variety of positions in public service administration with the City of New Haven over the past 25 years including Chief Administrative Officer for the City from 1989-1990 and 1997-2000. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Yale-New Haven Hospital and Start Community Bank in New Haven. She has previously served on the boards of The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, the New Haven Board of Education, the New Haven Board of Fire Commissioners, Concepts for Adaptive Learning, Women’s Health Services, the Yale Public Interest Law Initiative and the Child and Health Development Institute of Connecticut.
Beth Derby of Old Saybrook, CT, is a registered nurse and healthcare consultant with many years of experience as an executive, primarily in ambulatory surgery, dealing with regulatory issues, human resources, and day-to-day operations. She has extensive experience in data management and healthcare regulation.
Paul Sullivan, a Gulf War veteran, is the founder of Veterans for Common Sense, a non-profit, non-partisan veterans’ advocacy group. The group is dedicated to making sure that Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans get the care they deserve, while also exposing the true financial and human costs of the current conflicts. Sullivan formerly worked for the VA and has assisted numerous journalists in pursuing stories about health problems and other challenges faced by veterans.
William Dyson of New Haven was elected to the Connecticut State House of Representatives in 1977 and was a member of the Black and Hispanic Caucus. Dyson served for 16 years as the co-chairman of the budget-writing appropriations committee. During his tenure, he sponsored legislation on health care, welfare and criminal justice reforms. He left the legislature in January 2009. Dyson is a retired New Haven teacher and counselor.
Isabel Morais, MD, is an ob-gyn physician and surgeon at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School. Previously, she practiced in Connecticut and was affiliated with Yale-New Haven Hospital. She received her medical degree from NYU and did her residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She has worked in urban clinic settings and served on hospital committees and community boards. She has vast expertise in women’s health issues and community healthcare needs.
Rich Hanley is an associate professor of Journalism and the graduate program director of Journalism in the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University, in Hamden, Connecticut. Hanley has worked for more than 25 years as a journalist, writer, professor and documentary film producer, including a stint at Time magazine, among others. He has received seven Emmy nominations for his work in television. At Quinnipiac, where he has been a faculty member since 2001, Hanley played an instrumental role in elevating the graduate Journalism program to national prominence with a focus on multimedia journalism and in transforming the Interactive Media graduate program into one of the most innovative and largest of its kind in the country. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Haven and a master’s degree from Wesleyan University.
Lindy Lee Gold is a senior specialist at the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development responsible for business retention, recruitment, expansion and development of public housing. She represents the commissioner on all workforce development and education boards and commissions. From April 1996 to 1997 she was director of development and community relations for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (Connecticut office). Lindy is the chair of the Gateway Community College Foundation, is a Pierson College Yale University Fellow, vice-president of the Jewish Federation Association, and a member of the executive board of the Shubert Performing Arts Center. She has received numerous community awards including the 2013 Urban League of Southern Connecticut Community Service Award and the 2012 Connection Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jeanne Milstein has a long and distinguished career in public service to children and families in the state of Connecticut and now New York State. She served as Connecticut’s Child Advocate from 2000 until 2012. She currently serves as the Deputy Commissioner of Strategic Planning and Policy Development for the Office of Children and Family Services in New York State. She began her career as a VISTA volunteer immediately after graduating from Cornell University in 1977. Jeanne has also served as the Director of Government and Community Relations at the Department of Children and Families; Legislative Director at the Connecticut Commission on Children; Director of Government Relations at the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women; and Director of the Women’s Center of Southeastern Connecticut. Jeanne is guided by the adage, “If you aren’t outraged, you aren’t paying attention.” She is a tireless and passionate advocate for children and families.
Children’s health has been a priority. She knows that appropriate and accessible health services are critical for a child to thrive.