Jesse Leavenworth covers news in Manchester and stories of statewide interest. The New Britain native and U.S. Army veteran has been a reporter and editor at The Courant since 1987 and has reported, written and edited many of the major stories in the state over the past three decades. His assignments have included reporting and editing jobs in the New Britain, Avon, Torrington and Middletown bureaus, the features department and the state desk. Jesse has a particular interest in Connecticut history, state veterans, crime reporting and escaped exotic animals. The married father of three resides in Terryville.