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NCPR News Staff: David Sommerstein

Reporter/ Producer
David Sommerstein, NCPR's roving St. Lawrence Valley/Fort Drum/Tug Hill reporter, began his career in radio, strangely enough, as a high school Spanish teacher in Buffalo. While drilling verb conjugations and teaching a love for Latino culture during the day, he sat in as a late night jazz and Latin DJ at Buffalo's NPR affiliate, WBFO. The radio bug bit, and David found his way to southern Colorado/northern New Mexico (the Taos/Santa Fe area) where he was Program Director, Music Director, Volunteer Coordinator, and "Just About Anything Else You Can Think Of" Director at NPR affiliate KRZA.

Since joining NCPR's news department, David has reported from the chilly deck of a St. Lawrence icebreaker, the power-chord filled stage of the High School Rock Band Festival, and the tense Albanian street market of post-war Kosovo with soldiers from Fort Drum. David also gets to fulfill his passion for music of all kinds when he spins world dance and groove music on editions of The Beat Authority. E-mail

Stories filed by David Sommerstein

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Corning Inc. Looks Forward to Cleaner Diesel Rules

The company that fueled the innovation for cleaner auto exhaust is looking to do the same for diesel-powered trucks and buses. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Assemblyman Chris Ortloff praises Pataki's Support of Winter Olympics Plans

Governor Pataki also mentioned the North Country in his plans to return the Winter Olympics to Lake Placid, although he didn't say when. Assemblyman Chris Ortloff praised the support.  Go to full article

Senator Meier Comments on Pataki's Tax Plans

State Senator Ray Meier was also pleased with the speech. He said he liked the Governor’s plans to proceed with tax cuts.  Go to full article

Senator Wright Says Pataki's Comments on Economy are Balanced

Pataki also addressed the Upstate economy. State Senator Jim Wright called the speech “an appropriate balance” between the fiscal realities of the state and a message of optimism for the economy.  Go to full article

Pataki Praises Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division

Soldiers from Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division received praise from Governor Pataki yesterday in his State of the State address. Pataki mentioned the division among those New Yorkers who deserve special mention for their efforts since September 11th.  Go to full article

200 Years in Massena: A Walking Tour with author John D. Michaud III

David Sommerstein profiles John Michaud III, a writer who's written a 200-year history of Massena on the eve of the town's bicentennial.  Go to full article

Massena GM Dump Waiting for Cleanup: 20 Years and Counting

In 1983, the federal government delcared the land and water around GM's factory along the St. Lawrence river a Superfund Site. Cancer-causing PCBs were seeping into the earth and the river. The action identified the site as a top priority for clean-up. Almost twenty years later, the toxic landfill is still there. David Sommerstein reports lack of progress is due to different understandings of what "clean" and "clean up" mean.  Go to full article

PCB Study Shows Proximity to Site Biggest Risk Factor

From the St. Lawrence to the Hudson Rivers and on land in between, the North Country has a number of PCB contaminated waste sites. Scientists have long believed that the greatest human risk these areas pose is when people eat PCB contaminated fish. A new study challenges that assumption. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Looks to Corrections Budget for Savings

Governor Pataki is expected to unveil significant budget cuts for 2002. One way he's looking to save money is by reducing the number of corrections officers at state prisons. New York's prison population has dropped sharply this year. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Program Assists Mobile Home Owners

David Sommerstein reports on a program designed to help mobile home owners renovate their old trailer or buy new ones.  Go to full article

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