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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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Firefighters Contain Lake Placid Blaze

Forest rangers and volunteer departments contain a forest fire in Lake Placid yesterday afternoon. Brian Mann reports  Go to full article

America's Largest Superfund Site: The Hudson River, Part 3

In the final part of our series on PCB contamination in the Hudson River, Brian Mann looks at the damage to the environment...and at GE's claim that the river is slowly cleaning itself.  Go to full article

America?s Largest Superfund Site: The Hudson River, Part 2

This summer, the Environmental Protection Agency will decide whether tons of PCBs should be dredged from the Hudson River. At the center of the debate are questions about the chemical's affect on human health. In this second part of our series on the Hudson River, Brian Mann looks at the volatile mix of science and public opinion that will shape the EPA's decision.  Go to full article

Domtar Buys Georgia-Pacific Mills

Canadian-based Domtar Incorporated, the largest landowner in the Adirondacks, plans to buy four paper mills owned by Georgia-Pacific. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

America's Largest Superfund Site: The Hudson River, Pt. 1

New York's Hudson River is the largest toxic waste site in the United States. PCBs dumped decades ago from a pair of General Electric factories summer, the Environmental Protection Agency will decide whether GE have contaminated the Hudson over a two hundred mile area. This should pay to clean up the river--at a cost of $460 million. Environmental groups support the clean up. But the corporation and many local residents are fighting to stop it. In this first of a three-part series, Brian Mann looks at the fierce battle being waged over the Hudson's future.  Go to full article

Lake Placid Frat Fight Ends in Arrests

A fistfight in Lake Placid this weekend resulted in injuries and arrests of fraternity brothers from Plattsburgh. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Adirondack ARC, Helping Families Cope with Developmental Disability, Pt. 2

Brian Mann has the second of two stories about challenges for rural families raising children with disabilities. We visit one of the Adirondack ARC's group homes in Malone, and hear from kids who have risen to leadership roles inside the organization.

For further information on programs for the developmentally disabled contact: Parent to Parent of New York State (800-603-6778) and Parent to Parent of Vermont (802-655-5290 or 800-800-4005).  Go to full article

Correctional Hiring Freeze Means Fewer Prison Jobs in North

State officials say a smaller inmate population will mean fewer prison guards in the North Country. A hiring freeze has been extended to 36 correctional facilities. As Brian Mann reports, more than 600 prison jobs will be eliminated statewide.  Go to full article

Brian Mann Speaks with "Street Medics" Protesting Free Trade

In the years since the first free trade protests exploded in Seattle, the movement has grown dramatically. It's also more organized. They have trained legal advisors and media liaisons on the scene. They also have their medical crews. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann met with a team of "street medics" on their way to the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City.  Go to full article

Bears and Backpackers in Co-habitation

This summer, tens of thousands of hikers and campers will flock to the eastern High Peaks. Waiting for them will be a small group of aggressive black bears. The animals have learned to see campsites and backpacks as a prime source of food. Forest rangers say the risk of a life-threatening encounter is growing. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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