Jeff Cohen started in newspapers in 2001 and joined Connecticut Public in 2010, where he worked as a reporter and fill-in host. In 2017, he was named news director.
In addition to covering state and Hartford city politics, Cohen covered the December 2012 Newtown shootings and the stories that followed. In 2012, Cohen was selected by NPR and Kaiser Health News for their joint “Health Care In The States” project. Much of his reporting has aired nationally on NPR. As news director, Cohen began The Island Next Door — Puerto Rico and Connecticut After Hurricane Maria, which has won several awards, including one national and two regional Edward R. Murrow awards.
Cohen began as a reporter for The Record-Journal in Meriden, Conn. before moving to The Hartford Courant, where he won a National Headliner Award for a story about the ostracized widow of the state’s first casualty in Iraq; wrote about his post-Katrina home in New Orleans; and was part of a team that broke stories of alleged corruption at Hartford City Hall that led to the arrest of the city’s mayor. His work has also appeared in The New York Times.
Cohen lives with his wife and two daughters, whose haircutting incident brought the family more notoriety than journalism ever will. He’s written two children’s books, and he likes hiking, whitewater kayaking, napping outside, and making bread and wine.