Haar Bolts for Hearst

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Hartford Courant columnist Dan Haar, known for his work at the intersection of business and politics, is leaving the Courant after 36 years to take on a similar role writing for the “Hearst CT constellation of properties,” according to multiple sources and internal emails obtained by The Laurel.

Haar starts his new position with Hearst Connecticut next week, a quick turn around for a journalist who has spent most of his professional career at the Courant’s Broad St. head office.

The news broke late Wednesday in a series of fast moving developments that reverberated through newsrooms from Hartford to New Haven, Fairfield County and as far north as Torrington.

At Hearst, Haar’s title will be columnist and associate editor. He will write four times a week and help steer overall coverage for the entire group. His new challenge will be to find subject matter that ties together the readers of Hearst’s varied Connecticut sub-markets.

Haar began his career at the Courant as a photographer, eventually deciding that while a picture is worth a thousand words, the thousand words were more appealing to him. Dates for a bon voyage party at the Polish National Home are said to be “under consideration.”

Good luck, Dan.