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Nader, Thibault To Announce
Pilot Weekly Paper at Rotary Jan. 3


WINSTED, CT – Consumer advocate Ralph Nader and journalist Andy Thibault will announce the publication of a pilot weekly newspaper during a meeting of the Rotary Club of The Torrington and Winsted Areas at the Greenwoods Country Club Tuesday, Jan. 3, at noon.

This pilot edition is designed to ascertain the level of community support needed to make it a regular weekly publication.
The Winsted Citizen will serve the communities of Winsted, Hartland, Riverton, Colebrook, Norfolk and New Hartford. Publication is expected in early 2023.

Nader first made headlines as a young lawyer in 1965 with his book “Unsafe at Any Speed,” a scathing indictment that lambasted the auto industry for producing unsafe vehicles. The book led to congressional hearings and the passage of a series of life-saving automobile safety laws in 1966.

In his career as consumer advocate he founded many organizations in diverse areas, including the American Museum of Tort Law in Winsted – the first law museum in America. In 2006 he was cited by The Atlantic as one of the one hundred most influential figures in American history.

“I’m just helping get The Winsted Citizen started,” Nader said. “The paper will have editorial independence in service of the community.”

Thibault, a veteran journalist and private investigator, teaches news basic reporting / writing, investigative reporting and communication at the University of New Haven. He was a research consultant for the HBO series #AllenVFarrow and was credited with helping to free a woman unjustly imprisoned for first degree murder.

The Connecticut Council for Freedom of Information cited Thibault in 2014 with the Stephen A. Collins Memorial Freedom of Information Award for “his many contributions to the cause of open and accountable government and a free and vigorous press in Connecticut.” He has coordinated a speakers program at the University of St. Joseph since 2017 and served on the University’s Digital Media and Communication Advisory Board since 2020.

Thibault will serve The Winsted Citizen as editor and publisher. He has begun recruiting editorial and business staff while meeting with readers.

“If it’s important to you, it’s important to us,” Thibault said. “You can tell the health of the community by the health of its newspaper. We are here to serve a useful purpose for readers, educators, workers, businesses and the community at large.”

Greenwoods Country Club is at 300 Torringford St., Winsted.

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