Mary Albl is a new sports reporter in New Haven who comes to us from The Post Star in Glens Falls, N.Y., where she was a volleyball and girls basketball beat writer.
Prior to Glens Falls, Albl served as sports editor of the Dodge City (Kansas) Daily Globe.
She is a graduate of Boise State University, where she was sports editor of the student newspaper.
She has also worked as an intern and desk clerk at the Colorado Springs Gazette and the Idaho Statesman.
Michelle Merlin is a new reporter at The Register Citizen in Torrington.
She is a recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where she majored in political science and minored in English. She served as editor in chief of the student newspaper there, and interned for The Register Citizen in 2010.
Shahid Abdul-Karim is a new reporter at the New Haven Register. He’ll be part of a team of reporters covering the city of New Haven, focusing on schools, housing issues and neighborhoods.
Shahid has written for the Muslim Journal International since 1998 and recently served on its board of directors. He has also worked as a national account executive at Verizon Wireless.
He is a graduate of Springfield College and has been involved in volunteer activities in Hamden, including helping establish a local food pantry with the Connecticut Food Bank.
Rich Scinto is a new reporter at the New Haven Register. He’ll be covering Milford schools and local government.
A Fairfield native, Scinto is a recent graduate of Quinnipiac University, where he was senior managing editor of the Quad News. He has worked for the past year as a general assignment reporter at the Record Journal in Meriden.