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On October 20, 1976, The Hartford Times closed ending a 159 year run — and Hartford became a one-paper town. In the decades since, The Hartford Courant was sold to a national corporation, losing local management and hampering coverage of Connecticut’s capital city. Meanwhile, the Hartford Times headquarters fell into ruin and disrepair with periodic attempts to restore the building’s former glory all failing.

Without a champion of the city, Hartford’s narrative took a gloomy turn and the people became increasingly disillusioned with the pessimistic coverage of their community. But the turn of the century brought a renewed interest in the legacy of The Hartford Times as a champion of reform and an advocate of the people.

In 1996, the newspaper’s archives of stories, clippings, and photographs found a permanent home at the Hartford Public Library.

In 2013, the University of Connecticut announced an ambitious plan to relocate its West Hartford campus to downtown Hartford and, in the process, restore, and renovate the iconic Hartford Times building. The grandiose façade is the focal point of the university’s Hartford home, which offers academic programs in public policy, social work, and public administration to thousands of undergraduate and graduate students.

In 2015, Civic Mind began the work to revive the paper’s legacy brand and honor its history. After six years of soul-searching interviews, research, and collaboration, the Hartford Times was launched on January 17, 2022 in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Our goal is to provide information equality — inclusive, consistent, and purposeful information for the people of Hartford to effectively participate in civic action and build our democracy. We will do this by sharing inspiring thought leadership, defending our community with compassion and courage, and together, proudly building a better state.

Haddiyyah Ali

Haddiyyah Ali

Haddiyyah Ali graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2017 with a degree in political science and Africana studies. She has seven years of experience as an organizer and in 2017, she was recognized by the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund with the “Future Is Now” award for her work advancing the rights of women and girls of color in Connecticut. That same year, she received the Connecticut NAACP “Student Lifetime Achievement Award” for her organizing on UConn’s campus. Haddiyyah is a writer, poet, mentor and co-founder of Abolition Ummah, a Muslim led organization that supports incarcerated Muslims and seeks abolition of all systems in the prison industrial complex. Her work focuses on the intersections of race, religion, and gender and radical organizing against the white supremacist state.

Jamil Ragland

Jamil Ragland

Jamil Ragland is a writer from the Hartford area. Raised in Greater Hartford, he attended Capital Community College and graduated from Trinity College in 2013. Jamil began writing opinion pieces in 2008, inspired by the columnists he read while working at a local gas station.

His work deals with politics, race, and culture. Jamil believes that writing is a way to share ideas that can have positive changes for people in need. Speaking out is a way to hold the powerful to account and to rally people to causes that cannot be achieved alone.

Jamil has been published in CT News Junkie, The Connecticut Mirror, WNPR, New England Public Media, The Hartford Courant and several other venues. Additionally, he has appeared on The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. He was the co-host of Connecticut Public’s The Radius Project, a podcast which explored the city of Hartford. He’s won the United Way of Central and Northern Connecticut’s Community Rock Star award, and PRNDI’s Commentary Award, 2nd place.

Jamil works as a staff writer at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. He lives in Hartford with his son.

Jonathan Wharton

Jonathan Wharton, Ph.D.

Jonathan L. Wharton, Ph.D. is the School of Graduate and Professional Studies associate dean and teaches political science at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. His teaching, writing and research centers on state and local government, public policy, economic development as well as identity and coalition building politics. Wharton currently serves on the New England Political Science Association, Connecticut Mirror and Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation boards as well as volunteers for tristate chapters of his Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Wharton served as a New Haven City Plan commissioner (2016-2020), deacon and moderator at New Haven’s First Congregational Center Church on the Green (2017-2021), New Haven Republicans chairman (2016-2018) and elected to the Republican State Central Committee (2018-2020).

Please send any questions, ideas, and inquiries to hello@hartfordtimes.com.

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Thomas Clynch

Founder

2021 David B. Walker Award

“…recognizing a tireless dedication to public service.”

UCONN Department of Public Policy 1

Thomas founded Civic Mind in 2011 as the political and economic climate of the “Great Recession” created a market in demand of social impact through community organization, creativity, and collaboration.

His blend of social entrepreneurship and public interest advocacy has made him a recognized leader in community wealth building and socioeconomic justice in Connecticut.

University of Connecticut
Master of Public Administration, Fellows Program

University of Pennsylvania
School of Social Policy and Practice, Social Impact Strategy

Yale University
School of Public Health, Climate Change and Health

Stanford Social Innovation Review
Design Thinking for the Social Sector

Westfield State University
Bachelor of Science, Business Management

Vice Chairman
Connecticut Sustainable Business Council

Senior Public Policy Fellow
State of Connecticut’s Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity & Opportunity (CWCSEO)

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