Dirk Perrefort

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Dirk Perrefort

Work History

Work History
Feb 2007 - Present

Journalist

The News-Times

As the political reporter for The News-Times, I am responsible for coverage of both local and state politics including Danbury City Hall and the area's delegation to the General Assembly.

In today's world, working as a journalist requires much more than writing a well reported story on deadline. It also requires posting  frequent updates of breaking news items to both the web and Twitter. Blog updates that refer to the day's headlines are also a common practice and help bring readers deeper into the web site for a more interactive experience.

I am also routinely called upon as the lead writer on Sunday centerpiece packages that involves the coordination with other writers as well as photographers and graphic designers to develop an offering for the readers that goes beyond the news of the day and provides in depth analysis of current trends.

While my beat is centered around politics, I also focus on transportation and immigration issues that affect our communities - a variety of both blue collar and affluent towns with a diverse population base.

I was also a member of the group's political team that provided coverage of state and federal elections. As a member of a group that includes four daily newspapers, we were able to provide in depth coverage of all the races during the campaigns and up to the minute updates on election night that was unparalleled by other media outlets in the state.

Jan 2003 - Feb 2007

Journalist

Connecticut Post

Responsibilities as a member of The Connecticut Post's New Haven County bureau included extensive coverage of high profile criminal court cases and lawsuits as well police,  local government, social services and breaking news in the Milford and Naugatuck Valley regions. I was also responsible for in depth coverage of the regional housing authority and the associated problems with mixed tenant populations. While working with The Connecticut Post I was also responsible for in depth features that examined local people and issues in the community.

Jun 2000 - Jan 2003

Journalist

The Hour Newspaper

While working as a journalist with The Hour Newspaper I was involved with the coverage of all boards and commissions from education to the City Council. I also provided coverage of area municipalities including Weston, Wilton, Westport and Stamford while carving out a beat in health and environmental reporting that included impacts to Long Island Sound from regional sewage treatment plants. During the tragic terrorist attacks of 9-11, I provided on the ground reporting from Stamford, a city greatly impacted by the events that day in New York City.

Jan 1999 - Jun 2000

Journalist

The Bethel Beacon

Responsibilities while working at this weekly newspaper included the coverage of all boards and commissions, education, special events, criminal activities and feature articles. While working for The Bethel Beacon I was also responsible for photography, page layout as well as the development of  potential advertising clients.

Education

Education
Sep 1993 - May 1999

Bachelors of Arts

Western Connecticut State University

Served as a team leader during an archaeological excavation of a Roman city  in Israel in 1993 with California State University of Sacramento

Member of the International Honor Society for Social Sciences

Writing samples

Those who would like to check out some of my latest articles are more than welcome to check out The News-Times web site and search for stories I've authored. To make it easier, you can also just click on this link.

Awards

2009 Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists - First Place - Investigative Series

2008 Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists - First Place - General Reporting Series / Second Place - In Depth Series

2007 Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists - First Place - General Reporting Series

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References are available upon request