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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

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After The Vote, A Piece of Pie
After The Vote, A Piece of Pie

Audio Postcard: A Community Of Voters

Brian Mann spent Tuesday monitoring the polls on the eastern side of our listening area. He dropped in last night at the Saranac Lake Methodist church, where hundreds of voters gathered for a community dinner. Brian sends this election day audio postcard.  Go to full article

Adirondacks, Champlain Valley: Bitter Defeats For Democrats

Democrat David Favro won the Clinton County's sheriff race Tuesday. Favro, a former Plattsburgh police detective, beat Republican incumbent John Lawliss. Lawliss had alienated many top GOP officials in the County. Some - including state Senator Ron Stafford - actually supported the Democrat.

In other races, however, it was a long night for Democrats. As Brian Mann reports, the Republican Party once again showed its clout in the Adirondacks and the Champlain Valley.  Go to full article
Senator-elect Betty Little
Senator-elect Betty Little

45th Senate District: After 37 Years, A New Voice

Glens Falls Republican Betty Little cruised to a senate seat, in the newly drafted 45th district. Little defeated Malone Democrat Boyce Sherwin and will now replace Plattsburgh veteran Ron Stafford. As Brian Mann reports, Little expects to be a dominant force in North Country politics.  Go to full article

First West Nile Human Case Confirmed in North Country

Clinton County health officials say they've confirmed the first North Country case of West Nile Virus. The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting this morning that a woman in her 50's tested positive for the disease. As Brian Mann reports, doctors expect the woman to recover.  Go to full article
Damon Greenberg
Damon Greenberg

A First Taste of Snow: Ski Tour Up Whiteface Mountain

For some in the North Country, the first days of snow can be a hard time. We say good-bye to our gardens and look forward to long months of scraping our car windows and shoveling sidewalks. But for those who love to ski, the first taste of snow is intoxicating. Brian Mann skied Whiteface Mountain's Memorial Highway over the weekend. He sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article
The Golden Age of politics.
The Golden Age of politics.

Many Who Vote Say The Thrill Is Gone

As North Country voters go to the polls Tuesday, many say they're not hearing about the issues that matter in their lives. Brian Mann contrasts our slick, modern campaigns with New York's golden age of political barnstorming.  Go to full article

APA: Controversial Hotel Approved in Lake George

On Wednesday (Oct. 30) the Adirondack Park Agency staff approved a permit for a new 97-room hotel in Lake George. The project has drawn criticism from pro-environment groups, who say it was given fast-track treatment because the developer is a former state official. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Tourism in the North Country, pt.2

For years tourism has been seen as an important part of the North Country's future. While mining, timber, and farming lost jobs, the government spent tens of millions of dollars to jump-start the region's visitor industry. In part two of a series on the region's tourism industry, Brian Mann looks at the quality of tourism work - an industry plagued by low pay and low benefits.  Go to full article

Tourism in the North Country, Part 1

For years, the tourism industry has been seen as the North Country's next economic engine. Ten of millions of dollars have been spent to polish the region's attractions, from tourist trains to ski slopes. But the last decade has seen little of the growth local leaders counted on. In this first of a two part series, Brian Mann reports many communities have struggled to find private investors willing to bank on North Country tourism.  Go to full article

113th Assembly District: Tense Battle For Dollars & Votes

The 113th Assembly district race looks too close to call. With a week to go before the general election, candidates have filed their last campaign finance reports. The documents offer a snapshot of a tight, three-way battle. As Brian Mann reports, the district is a rare exception in a year when most races are heavily lopsided.  Go to full article

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