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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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Canadian Dies While Ice Climbing in Adirondacks

A 34-year-old Toronto man died Friday afternoon on
Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain in the Adirondack town of Chesterfield. Kevin Bailey fell while ice climbing on the mountain's popular east face. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Lake Placid Photographer Nancy Battaglia in Salt Lake City

During the Salt Lake City Games, we've been checking in with Lake Placid sports photographer Nancy Battaglia. She's had a front row seat throughout the last two weeks. Brian Mann caught up with Nancy last night, in the middle of the US-Canada hockey bout.
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St. Lawrence University Students Test Themselves Against a Mountain

Last month, a group of students from St. Lawrence University traveled to central Mexico. They were hoping to scale Orizaba - the third highest peak in North America. The week-long expedition gave the students a chance to climb into thin air. For many of the students, it was also a first chance to explore a different culture. Brian Mann went along on the trip. He sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Lake Placid's Jim Shea, Jr. Wins Olympic Gold

Seventy years after his grandfather won a pair of gold medals at the Lake Placid Winter Games, Jim Shea Jr. claimed his own Olympic gold medal on Wednesday in Salt Lake City. The skeleton sled racer from Lake Placid edged Martin Rettl of Austria by a fraction of a second. Brian Mann has details:  Go to full article

Olympics: Preview of Skeleton Sledding

The Olympics heat up again today and tomorrow, as North Country athletes compete in some of Salt Lake City's most anticipated events. Today's main event is the skeleton sledding. Brian Mann has this preview of a race that features a home town hero.  Go to full article

Profile: NBC Olympic Commentator Duncan Kennedy

The north country has an army of athletes, venue staff, and volunteers working in Salt Lake City. Also in the thick of things is Lake Placid's Duncan Kennedy. The world champion luge racer was forced by illness to abandon a come-back two years ago. He's made a second career working for television, helping to explain his sport to American viewers. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

State Nursing Home Grant Could Be Mixed Blessing

New York Health Commissioner Antonia Novello visited Saranac Lake Friday, to announce a $700,000 grant for the Adirondack Medical Center. The money is part of a statewide effort to close a shortage in healthcare workers at hospitals and nursing homes. But a spokesman for one of the North Country's largest nursing homes says the grant program could actually cost them money. Brian Mann explains.  Go to full article

APA Approves New Communications Tower Regulations

On Friday the Adirondack Park Agency approved a new policy that will guide construction of cell and broadcast towers in the mountains. Huge areas of the Park don't have cell phone service. Under the policy, new towers will face tough guidelines aimed at protecting scenery and limiting clutter. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Olympic Women's Hockey: US Over China

It was another lopsided win on Thursday for the US women's hockey team. Saranac Lake's Andrea Killbourne helped to dominate the national team from China. As Brian Mann reports, the US faces stiffer competition as they head into the weekend.  Go to full article

Lake Placid Sledder Moves American Team Forward

Lake Placid sled racer Adam Heidt finished his Olympic competition in fourth place on Monday, as the singles luge event wrapped up in Salt Lake City. Heidt's finish was the best American finish in Olympic history and represents a major step forward for the US program. Italian Armin Zoeggeler took the Gold in an upset victory over German Georg Hackl. Brian Mann talks with Lake Placid photographer Nancy Battaglia, who had a front row seat Monday in Salt Lake City.  Go to full article

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