Hardy Har Haar–Hearst Media Poaches Veteran Courant Columnist In Readership Footprint Expansion

Connecticut Post building
Soon to be empty.

It used to be the Hartford Courant had the cachet to poach seasoned journalists. The newspaper powerhouse now has a rival that may very well surpass its digital readership footprint in Hearst Connecticut Media, owners of all daily newspapers from Greenwich to New Haven, as well as the Danbury News-Times, Middletown Press and Connecticut Magazine. That’s a mighty reach in a small state.

Last week The Laurel that chronicles Connecticut media comings and goings reported “Hartford Courant columnist Dan Haar, known for his work at the intersection of business and politics, is leaving the Courant after 36 years to take on a similar role writing for the “Hearst CT constellation of properties.”

Haar’s a nice catch for Hearst to dovetail into its economy-of-scale journalism, one article, editorial or column feeding all its properties led by Executive Editor Barbara Roessner, former managing editor of the Courant. Who’s next on Roessner’s poaching list?

As Hearst expands properties it’s also consolidating some newsroom operations. With the Connecticut Post building, 410 State Street, up for sale, some Bridgeport operations have moved to centralized Norwalk. The editorial department that covers Bridgeport and area towns is expected to downsize soon into new space Downtown.



  1. Who’s laughing now? While The Post poaches, sells and shrinks, Only in Bridgeport uses creativity to expand and excite. The smaller their newsroom, the larger its impact.
    Harvest your brand because Lennie might make his bloggers local celebrities.

    1. A day late and a dollar short. This is a good start but the City Council has to have a say in the matter. The checks and balances of a democratic government exist to ensure the interests of the people are not forgotten. Bill Finch tried to subvert the process when he sought unilateral control of the BOE. (That didn’t work out but the Board is still dysfunctional, incapable of placing the needs of the city’s school children above petty political disputes.) 10 new faces on the City Council ought to return Bridgeport to a functioning democracy.

      Bridgeport is littered with abandoned industrial properties that are untaxed because of the multiple-decade abatements handed out by previous administrations, handed out like the Cuban cigars and Napoleon brandy at one of Joe Ganim’s political fundraisers. For example, O & G pays less than $1000.00 a year on several hundred acres of prime waterfront real estate while homeowners in Black Rock have to pay tens of thousands in annual tithe to the city’s coffers on homes that sit on less than an acre of land. That ain’t right. Nor is it right the owners of the abandoned factories have not been held responsible for the toxic chemicals left behind in the factory buildings left behind. The rubber plant, the thread company, the perfume factory, etc. When one if these buildings catches fire the thick black smoke wafts over residential neighborhoods. And what about all the dust generated by the rock crushing operation? A casino or an amphitheater looks great but neither will address the problems of abandoned industrial properties that remain untaxed. Fix the problems, Joe. Stop the cycle of paving over them in the name of “development.”

      If Joseph P. Ganim wants to be governor (or serve another term as mayor) he should make good on his promises to improve the quality of life for the people of the city of Bridgeport. That includes correcting the mistakes if previous administrations, calling in the EPA to hold corporate polluters accountable and clawing back all of the tax abatements given to those polluters for property they no longer use. 

  2. These represent a good starting point for discussion not an end all.
    they should be the minimum.
    The amount of equity. OMG, what a brilliant suggestion!
    Personal guarantee and personal financial net worth to back it up. If the personal financial net worth below a certain amount the tax break is GONE! Now we’re talking serious business.

  3. The Connecticut Post, per the Hearst agenda, is becoming less and less relevant for most of its Connecticut readership… And the geographic relocation of its offices is a reflection of any sense of a journalistic “mission” that might still remain at the editorial level… It’s sad for those of us that still remember its origins as the Bridgeport Post…

    Hearst can “poach” staff from any of the other flagging publications in the state, but without a focused mission, the decreasing popular relevance of its content will soon relegate the remnants of the “Connecticut” Post to a journalistic footnote buried deep under multiple layers of Google-accessible links…

    1. Good point, Mr. Kohut. But the Connecticut Post is not the New York Times. People read it for the weather, the comics, the crossword and the sports page. Every now and then a juicy political story pops up. This is Bridgeport, go figure. Joseph P. Ganim and other public officials exploit this apathy by making public statements knowing full well itvis unlikely anyone will call bullshit, not even the editorial staff at the Post.


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