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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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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

Close Encounter of the Furred Kind

Brian Mann has a close encounter with bears that have been making the Adirondack wilderness experience more dramatic than many campers want.  Go to full article

Six Adirondack Fires Since August 1

Dry windy weather and the carelessness of a half-dozen campers have brought a flurry of forest fires in the Adirondacks. Six blazes have been reported since August first. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Special Report: Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Oil drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge is at the top of the agenda in Congress and at the White House. Brian Mann recently returned from a trip there, where he met with locals and activists, and send a report.  Go to full article

Quebec Brook: Canoeing in the Northern Adirondacks

A good place to get away from summer crowds--Brian Mann paddled solo up Quebec Brook, halfway between Paul Smiths and St. Regis Falls, and sent back this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Sabotage Suspected in Paper Mill Strike

Police are investigating a case of suspected of sabotage at the Finch Pruyn mill in Glens Falls. A strike at the paper mill is in its seventh week with more than six-hundred workers off the job. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

The Underground Railroad in Northern New York

Historians re-examine the role of the Freedom Trail and the Underground Railroad in northern New York. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Triathletes Return for Annual Lake Placid Ironman Competition

Perfect race conditions yesterday meant a new course record, as Californian Steve Larsen and Canadian Heather Fuhr won the Lake Placid Ironman. As Brian Mann reports, the men's and women's races unfolded very different.  Go to full article

Bear Troubles in the Adirondacks

The black bear problem continues in the High Peaks. A safe visit is still possible, but campers need good information and the proper equipment. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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