staff writer, Hartford Courant
Swift was born in Pasadena, California and earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He has worked at the Hartford Courant since 1987, beginning by covering state news, politics and downtown development. After working as a staff writer for the paper’s Northeast Magazine in 2001 and 2002, Swift began covering demographics and urban affairs, documenting changes among Connecticut’s people and their cities and towns. His love of communities resulted in him and his wife, Deborah, bicycling 4,700 miles from Hartford to San Diego in 1996, writing about the people and places they encountered along the trip. His many journalism awards include a 2002 Society of Professional Journalists statewide award for general reporting and a 2001 Master Reporter Award from the New England Society of Newspaper Editors, based on 10 years of work. He is the co-author of a 2003 history of Hartford, titled, “Hartford: Connecticut’s Capital.”
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