About Us


The Hartford Guardian is an award-winning news publication launched in 2002 while Ann-Marie Adams was a teaching fellow at Quinnipiac University.  It is the first hyper-local, nonprofit, and nonpartisan news publication in Connecticut that aims to build communities through civic journalism and raise the level of civic engagement in the city. And for almost 20 years, The Hartford Guardian has been using journalism as a tool to help eliminate racism.

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The Hartford Guardian was created for the charitable and educational purposes of informing and engaging Greater Hartford residents by:

1). educating youth and families about various social services and how to best access those services

2). educating residents about how government and media work, and how best to effect positive change

3). offering opportunities to explore and engage directly in quality journalism.

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After two years of development, The Hartford Guardian was first in print in October 2004. Thanks to a group of Greater Hartford journalists, business owners and residents who met at the Hartford Public Library on January 10, 2004 to discuss how we could use journalism to help underserved communities in Hartford.

The Hartford Guardian is a bridge between all neighborhoods in the city. It is for a readership committed to the advancement of community building, civil rights, and responsible social policy. Our reporters consistently cover local neighborhoods, government, education, immigration, health, and politics.  The Hartford Guardian is published by the Connecticut Alliance for Better Communities, Inc., a 501 3 (c) tax exempt organization.

Our vision is to build communities through civic journalism.

Our programs are threefold: The Hartford Guardian, Summer Journalism Institute, and Community Conversations. The Hartford Guardian covers social, political and economic issues that impact Hartford. The Summer Journalism Institute encourages youth and families who want to learn civic journalism and become media literate. The Community Conversations help foster consensus on issues to build better and more cohesive communities.

Editorial Independence Policy

We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.

Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN’s Membership Standards.

Our Staff

 Editor — Ann-Marie Adams, Ph.D.

Program Assistant — Andrea White


Molly Callahan

Jennifer Chapman

Rena Epstein

Ryan Grace

Evan Lawrence

Krishna Scully

Christian Spencer

Yasmin Shenoy

Adam Stulhman

Thomas Nocera

Lisa Villard

Alana Wenick

John Woodford

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We aim to give analysis and progressive perspective without editorializing. We do feature articles that combine original on-the-ground reporting with solid analysis. We are particularly interested in investigative stories and articles that educate Hartford County residents on how to best access the many services in our communities. We are also interested in investigative  news stories not found elsewhere in the Connecticut media market.

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The Hartford Guardian welcomes opinion articles on any subject. Submissions must be exclusive to us. Most articles are about 750 words in length, though some are shorter. We prefer article submission that are topical, current and newsworthy. Our strong preference is for Op-Ed pieces about a subject matter covered by The Hartford Guardian.

Submissions must be sent by e-mail to editor [at] thehartfordguardian.com. Please put the name of the author followed by the topic in the subject line, and paste the text of the article into the body of the message. Be sure to include day and evening telephone numbers and a short biography of the writer.

We make every effort to read submissions promptly. If the article is accepted for publication, you will hear from an editor. Please allow two to five days for a response.We cannot respond individually to each article, nor can we provide feedback to proposals or queries. Thank you for your interest in The Hartford Guardian.

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