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NCPR News Staff: Brian Mann

Adirondack Bureau Chief
Brian Mann grew up in Alaska, where he fell in love with public radio. In 1999, Brian moved to the Adirondacks and helped launch NCPR's news bureau at Paul Smiths College. "I love the chemistry of water and mountains," Brian says. "But I'm also pretty crazy about village life in the north country. It's the kind of place where you know your neighbors." Brian lives in Saranac Lake with wife Susan and son Nicholas. He's a frequent contributor to NPR and also writes regularly for regional magazines, including Adirondack Life and the Adirondack Explorer. E-mail

Stories filed by Brian Mann

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Governor Pataki has invested more than $100 million to jump start Adirondack tourism...
Governor Pataki has invested more than $100 million to jump start Adirondack tourism...

More Adirondack Tourism Jobs Go To Foreign Workers

The last couple of years, the Adirondacks have been discovered. Not just by tourists, but by foreign workers. Young people from around the world are flocking to Lake Placid, where businesses say there's a shortage of busboys and maids and bartenders. But as Brian Mann reports, critics say the foreign visitors are competing with local workers at a time when jobs are increasingly scarce.  Go to full article

Bush Administration Moves To Ease Clean Air Rules

The Bush Administration moved yesterday to ease rules designed to force power plants and factories to clean up their smokestacks. Nine east-coast states have filed suit to block the change. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

9/11 Profile: Andrew Lack, President and CEO of NBC

Andrew Lack - veteran news producer and top NBC executive - talks about the impact of September 11th on television journalism. Lack is a new seasonal resident of Lake Placid. He gave his remarks at a luncheon hosted by the Lake Placid Institute.  Go to full article

December Snowmobile Deaths Mount

Authorities say one young person died and a second was injured in a snowmobile accident over the holiday weekend. Seventeen-year-old Christopher Ernest died in a crash near Albany. As Brian Mann reports, the latest fatality follows a rash of early-season snowmobile deaths.  Go to full article

Xmas Storm Hits Herkimer County Hardest

Herkimer County is returning to normal this morning after a Christmas day snowstorm that shut down the Thruway and many local roads. The wintry blast forced holiday travelers to find shelter, but drivers had high praise for snowplow operators who scrambled to reopen major routes. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Snowstorm Hits Region: One Death In Wilton

The National weather service says yesterday's snowstorm set records across much of New York. The brunt of the storm hit in the Champlain Valley and the Albany area, triggering accidents and shutting down parts of the Thruway. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

North Country Charities Face Lean Times

It's been a tough year for many non-profits in the North Country. Charities have seen their investments dwindle, as the stock market spiraled downward. Donors are writing fewer checks - and the checks they are writing often promise fewer dollars. Brian Mann sat down this week with Cali Brooks, head of the Adirondack Community Trust. He found that many groups are trying to hold to their mission, despite shrinking bank accounts.  Go to full article

Warren County GOP Changes Rules, Draws Criticism

The 113th Assembly district - in the eastern Adirondacks - offered one of the few competitive races in this year's election. At one point, four strong Republicans were vying for the open seat. Now, the Warren County Republican Committee has moved to tighten rules that insure party loyalty. As Brian Mann reports, some critics say the new rules will reduce the number of candidates.  Go to full article
Taxco's Templo de Santa Prisca
Taxco's Templo de Santa Prisca

Audio Postcard: Christmas Eve in Taxco, Mexico

Last Christmas eve, Brian Mann found himself in the highland town of Taxco, in central Mexico. The city is famous for its hilltop architecture and its fantastic baroque cathedral, built in the 1700s. Brian went out with his microphone to gather sounds of the holiday season and brought back this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Arto Monaco at work on a new comic book
Arto Monaco at work on a new comic book

Arto Monaco: The King of Make Believe

Walt Disney opened his first theme park in the summer of 1955. But half a decade before Disneyland, there was Santa's Workshop in Wilmington ? the creation of north country native Arto Monaco. Monaco built a half-dozen theme parks. Most are gone now, swept away by changing tastes. But Monaco himself is still around, still creating make-believe worlds. Brian Mann visited his workshop in Upper Jay and has our story.  Go to full article

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