John Dankosky leaving WNPR, Connecticut Public TV

John Dankosky of WNPR moderates a 2011 debate between Tom Foley (left), and Ned Lamont at the Yale Law School.

John Dankosky of WNPR moderates a 2011 debate between Tom Foley (left), and Ned Lamont at the Yale Law School.

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Longtime radio reporter and editor John Dankosky is leaving Connecticut Public on Nov. 1, according to WNPR.

Danosky started with Connecticut Public, which includes CPTV and WNPR, in 1994 and co-founded the New England News Collaborative, an eight-station consortium of public media newsrooms throughout the region, and is executive editor of the organization, according to WNPR. He is also the host of the New England News Collaborative's weekly program NEXT.

Dankosky accepted a voluntary separation from Connecticut Public that was offered to longtime employees.

Dankosky was hired at the Hartford station in 1994 as host for the “Morning Edition” news program. He would later become the host of “Where We Live” and move on to co-host “The Wheelhouse” with Connecticut Public’s Colin McEnroe.

Dankosky has won national awards for his work, but told WNPR that he’s most proud of his involvement in growing the Connecticut Public organization and its news coverage.

“I was lucky enough to work with and then hire dozens and dozens and dozens of incredibly talented journalists and hosts and producers and audio creators,” Dankosky said.

“The thing I’m most proud of is having gotten a chance to work with all those people on so many interesting projects and shows that were meaningful to the people of Connecticut and meaningful to the people of the country."

Dankosky was lauded by colleagues for his work as a reporter, editor and talk show host.

“He has been an example to many public media journalists in the system, not just through his job as a reporter and an editor, but his job as a host, as well,” said Terry Gildea, the executive director of Public Media Journalists Association, formerly Public Radio News Directors Inc. who has worked with Dankosky on training and mentoring programs.

“He’s really been an example of how to do the job right and how to do the job with high ethical standards.”