Journalist Xander writes and voices stories for the radio. His stories have been aired on NPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition at WSHU Public Radio in Fairfield, Connecticut and New England Public Radio. In addition to writing and voicing his own pieces, he has written dozens of stories delivered on the radio by professional hosts. He has also interned for the Brian Lehrer Show at WNYC in New York City.
A Political Science and English major at Tufts University, Xander began his career at the Weston Forum newspaper, where he worked for two years. He presently co-hosts a weekly radio show at Tufts' station, WMFO, which highlights local and touring independent bands in the Boston area.
Broadcast Highlights Feature Stories
July 29th, 2013: Salt marshes throughout Connecticut are a battleground, with native species facing foreign invaders. Right now, one of those invaders is winning the battle. Xander Landen reports state environmental officials are fighting off an invasive reed, called Phragmites that hurts the health and diversity of marshes.
June 26th, 2013: A researcher at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut traveled to the North Slope of Alaska and worked alongside native Inupiat people to study Beluga whales. She also brought along five members of Connecticut's Mashantucket-Pequot tribe to join the research team.
August 5th, 2013: Connecticut schools are not making use of state mental health programs for children. That's according to a report released Monday by the advocacy group: The Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut. The groups says 160,000 children in Connecticut need mental health care, but only 20 percent receive it.
July 15th, 2013: Immigrants in same sex marriages are now applying for green cards throughout the nation. In Connecticut, advocates met with US Senator Richard Blumenthal, who is pushing to speed up the process for couples looking forward to exercising their new rights.
July 10th, 2013: Connecticut schools are in a transitional period right now, one that could be confusing for teachers and students. Schools are choosing between older standardized tests and newer ones with higher standards.
June 19th, 2013: Ten percent of Connecticut's bridges were found to be structurally deficient according to a report released in June by the advocacy group, Transportation for America. The report also reveals that most bridges in the state are more than fifty years old.
June 12th, 2013: U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said he wanted Americans to know how the government gains legal authority to spy on them. Blumenthal co-sponsored a bill that would require the U.S. Attorney General to publicize Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court opinions.
July 3rd, 2013: The Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education just approved the expansion of The Danbury Center,a community college with spiking enrollment. Community colleges in urban areas throughout the state are in need of more space.
Mar. 21st, 2013: Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has proposed a bill that would get rid of the independent Commuter Rail Council and replace it with one he appoints. Critics of this decision believe allowing the governor to appoint leadership takes power away from commuters.
Mar. 20th, 2013: Connecticut mayors criticized Gov. Dannel Malloy's proposed budget. The budget focuses on eliminating the car tax, which many politicians say would make the funding of state municipalities impossible.
Jan. 9th, 2013: Wilton, CT forms security task force in reponse to shootings in Newtown. Wilton was one of the many towns in the state to form a coalition to prevent further violence in Connecticut schools.
June 14th, 2012: Weston Forum (Page 1, continued on Page 15) Article on the Band, Interstellar Elevators.
This front page article sums up the multi-year run of the succesful Intersteller Elevators, a popular Weston-based hip-hop band. The band experienced many accomplishments including an album released on iTunes and participation in a nation-wide teen band competition.
July 5th, 2012: Weston Forum (Page 1, continued on Page 11A) Article on CT Senators regarding recent legislation and, separately, the passing of Gaspar Veloso.
Two front page articles on two very different subjects. The second article covers an important report by State Senators outling recent policy changes regarding the following subjects: abolishment of the death penalty in Connecticut, restrictions for use of medical marijuana, achohol now being sold on Sundays, new laws allowing the dismissal of ineffective teachers regardless of tenure and more.
July 26th, 2012: Weston Forum (Page 1, continued on Page 10A) A feature story, "Haunted Weston," presents reported hauntings as revealed by town residents.
This is a front page article covering one of Xander's more challenging assignments which starts with interviews with several residents including Jose Feliciano, renowned musician and vocalist, and leads to uncommon revelations of the possiblities of ghosts, and paranormal behavior in some Weston historic houses which date back to the 1700's.
June 24th, 2012: Weston Forum (Page 1, continued on Page 17A) Article on the West Nile Virus and its Symptoms and Advice for Prevention.
This front page article goes hand in hand with this author's later article published in the Weston Forum on Lyme Disease. Both diseases have been reported in Connecticut, and the West Nile Virus is responsible for 3 deaths in the state. The article discusses the symptoms and prevention of this mosquitio-borne disease in detail.