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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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Wilmington Fire Closes Whiteface and High Falls Gorge

A forest fire near Wilmington has spread to cover nearly forty acres. There've been no injuries, but the blaze has forced officials to close Whiteface Mountain and the High Falls Gorge. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

APA Moves Forward with Cell Tower Guidelines

The Adirondack Park Agency has voted to move forward with a new policy that will guide construction of cell phone towers. Some critics say new towers may be unnecessary. The agency will hold a series of public hearings next month. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

The Culture of Climbing: Chasing the Pure Route Rock Climbing on the Adirondacks, part 2

For many, time spent on the rock isn't just a battle against nature. It's also a form of personal expression. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Hurricane Crag: Rock Climbing in the Adirondacks, part 1

Rock climbing in the Adirondacks--these days it's more sophisticated and much safer. But the reasons people climb are much the same. They go looking for adventure and amazing views--and a deeper connection to the mountains. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

No End in Sight for Finch Pruyn Strike

After months of stalled negotiations, the Finch Pruyn paper mill in Glenns Falls is urging workers to accept a new contract offer. The company is also threatening to hire permanent replacement workers. As Brian Mann reports, union leaders say the deal isn't good enough.  Go to full article

September 11 Aftermath: Shaky North Economy

With U.S. military operations now underway in Afghanistan, business leaders are worried that consumer confidence in this country could dip even lower. As Brian Mann reports, the terrorist attack on September 11 is already being felt in the North Country's economy.  Go to full article

New York City Reaction to Air Strikes

Brian Mann was visiting Ground Zero in New York City when the first reports of the U.S.--British strikes against the Taliban in Afganistan broke.  Go to full article

Not-for-profits Coping with Tragedy

Brian Mann reports on the complicated new realities of the not-for-profit world.  Go to full article

EPA Staff Meets with Environmental Groups on Hudson River PCB Cleanup

Environmental groups met Tuesday with top staff at the EPA to discuss a clean-up of the Hudson River. The talks follow earlier closed-door sessions between the agency and GE. As Brian Mann reports, clean up supporters worry that the project could be derailed.  Go to full article

Lobbying Delays Hudson River PCB Cleanup

Lobbying continues in Washington DC over the Hudson River PCB cleanup. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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