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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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Maritime History in Lake Champlain,
Part 1 of 3, Wreck Diving off Burlington

A trip into history beneath the waters of Lake Champlain--Brian Mann joins a team of divers exploring Lake Champlain's underwater historic preserve.  Go to full article

Mercury Contamination in Lakes Harms the Common Loon

Researchers in the Adirondacks are working to learn more about the common loon. The latest field study is raising questions about mercury contamination in the lakes and ponds where the loons live. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Census Shows Increase in Rural Same-sex Couple Households

The 2000 census shows that there are more gay and lesbian couples than ever before living in rural areas. In New York, the number of same-sex couples living in small towns has jumped nearly five-fold. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Proposed Power Boat Ban Divides Neighbors

Neighbors in the Adirondacks are divided on a proposal to ban motorboats on ten lakes and rivers. Brian Mann reports on the competing visions of recreation.  Go to full article

Sagamore Retreats: Crossing the Generational Divide

This summer, the Sagamore great camp, near Raquette Lake, held a series of five retreats for grandparents and grandkids. Brian Mann visited Sagamore last summer and sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

NY Prison Population Shrinks for First Year Since 1972

The Federal Bureau of Prisons says New York's inmate population fell nearly four percent last year. Vermont's prison population went the other direction, rising more than ten percent. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Highway Dollars Bypass Rural Areas

A new study has found that rural roads draw far fewer federal dollars than roads and highways in cities. Small town roads are also more deadly. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Dry Spell and Adirondack Fires Continue

Volunteer crews and state forest rangers continue to battle fires in the Adirondacks. Dry conditions continue. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Pulp and Paper Turnaround May Come Too Late for North Country Mills

Pulp and paper industry decline: North Country's troubles part of a painful national trend. As Brian Mann reports, a turnaround is expected, but it may not come soon enough to save companies in this region.  Go to full article

Close Encounters of the Furred Kind, Part 2

This summer, dozens of hikers in the Adirondacks have had close encounters with black bears. The animals are looking for picnic baskets, not prey, but state forest rangers worry that inexperienced campers could get hurt. In this second of a two-part series, Brian Mann joined a hunt organized to identify and tag the most aggressive bears.  Go to full article

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