Ralph Nader’s latest targets: News deserts

Aging consumer activist launches print newspaper in his Connecticut hometown


Ralph Nader is starting a newspaper. Yes, that Ralph Nader, the consumer advocate, former presidential candidate and scourge of corporate interests.

At age 88, Nader is still going strong and, beginning with his hometown in northwest Connecticut, he’s determined to do something about the “news desert” crisis in local journalism.

The Winsted Citizen is launching its inaugural edition this week, and, in some ways, it is following a familiar playbook. It is forming a 501(c)3 non-profit, enabling it to collect tax-deductible donations in addition to subscription and advertising revenue. 

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