2011's final news roundup: DE, PA & NJ
December 29, 2011
2011 was a momentous news year around the world, and around the Delaware Valley. On today’s final news roundup of 2011, we’ll survey the year’s big stories in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey with three men who have been closely following the news in each state. In Delaware, our guest is WHYY reporter MARK EICHMANN, who will help us look back on the conviction and sentencing of pediatrician/child predator Dr. Earl Bradley, and the lingering effects of his crimes; economic news from the First State, including the reopening of the Delaware City Refinery; Senator Chris Coons’ first year in office; and the signing of Civil Unions into law, just days before the first same-sex couples get First State recognition for their relationships. Then, we’ll survey Pennsylvania’s news year with SCOTT DETROW, a Harrisburg-based multimedia journalist covering energy, environmental and political issues for a public radio investigative reporting project called State Impact PA. Scott started the year as WHYY’s Harrisburg reporter, and has followed the political successes and challenges confronting new Governor Tom Corbett and the Republican majorities controlling the General Assembly. Finally, we’ll take stock of New Jersey’s political year, especially the outsized role of Governor Chris Christie in the national and state political arenas. Joining us will be PATRICK MURRAY, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.