Sacred Heart University's radio network has hired three new reporters and a news producer to fill a void in Fairfield County created by coverage cutbacks at major media, authorities say.
The WSHU Public Radio Group said Thursday the hirings coincide with its purchase last November of local AM stations WSTC and WNLK from Cox Media.
The new staff report to WSHU News Director Naomi Starobin.
"We intend to offer our communities independent, investigative journalism regarding the events and people shaping both the quality of life and the future of Fairfield County,'' WSHU General Manager George Lombardi said.
WSHU operates seven radio stations, seven additional translators, and nine online audio streams. It claims its programming reaches about 322,000 listeners weekly.
The radio group previously employed 24 full- and part-time employees, of which seven were news employees.