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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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Tensions Lead to Ground Zero Brawl

Brian Mann was in New York City on Friday. He was reporting on the tensions and anxieties faced by North Country police, rescue, and military crews assigned to work in the city. While at ground zero, those tensions boiled over as city firefighters and the NYPD faced off for what quickly became a brawl.  Go to full article

Primary Re-Runs: Blurring the Party Lines

When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, many will see a re-run of contests decided in fall primaries--or in party caucases. More and more candidates who lose primary bids are choosing to run again in the general election. Some change parties. Others leave their old parties to run as independents. As Brian Mann reports, some observers think shifting candidates offer voters more choices. Critics say the practice blurs the line between political parties.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Say September 11 Cost Plattsburgh Redevelopment Funds

A major development project in Plattsburgh has lost more than two-million dollars in annual state funding. Lawmakers say redeveloping the Plattsburgh Air Force Base lost the money because of the September 11 attacks. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Writing for Children: Talking About 9-11

The terrorist attacks on September 11 shocked even the most worldly adults. But for parents, trying to explain the crime to children has been particularly hard. Brian Mann found that many new books for young people are addressing tough, painful issues. But even the best children's writers say this crisis will be a daunting story to tell.  Go to full article

NCPR Award Winner: Rural Services for the Developmentally Disabled, part 2

In this second part of his award-winning series on rural services for the developmentally disabled, Brian Mann profiles NYSARC's regional chapter, Adirondack ARC.  Go to full article

NCPR Award Winner: Rural Services for the Developmentally Disabled, part 1

This spring, North Country Public Radio broadcast a series of stories about families dealing with developmental disabilities. Last week, those stories were honored with a public service award by NYSARC, a statewide organization that helps children and adults with special needs. Today we hear again Brian Mann's report on the difficulties of finding support and services in rural areas.  Go to full article

Finch Pryun Strike Talks Wind Up; No Deal in Sight

Two days of talks have ended in Lake George, as Finch Pruyn and the paper mill's unions work to negotiate a new contract. After nearly five months, the unions are still on the picket line. As Brian Mann reports, both sides are offering concessions, but a deal is unlikely any time soon.  Go to full article

Watermilfoil Herbicide Talks Underway in Lake George

Private talks are underway over a plan to use a chemical herbicide in Lake George. The chemical--known as "sonar"--could help in the fight against Eurasian watermilfoil. Critics say it will also kill native plants that are already endangered. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Finch Pruyn Seeks Permanent Replacements for Strikers

Officials with Finch Pruyn say they'll fire up the fourth paper machine today at their mill in Glens Falls. The move will return the plant to full capacity, despite a strike that has left six hundred workers off the job. The company now says it will begin hiring permanent replacement workers. As Brian Mann reports, union members are worried but still defiant.  Go to full article

Arts & Healing: Living Well In the Shadow of Cancer

The last few weeks, Americans have been forced to live with a new kind of fear. The risks of terrorist attack--and reports of disease spreading through the mail--leave us feeling vulnerable. In the days after the September 11 attack, Brian Mann traveled to a retreat in the Adirondacks for women living with cancer. He found that many of the women still see joy and hope in a world filled with uncertainty.  Go to full article

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