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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

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Draft Redistricting Plan Due by Year's End

The 2000 census told New Yorkers that our population is growing at a slower rate than the rest of the country. What that means for New York politics is that the state will lose two of its 31 representatives in Congress. The state legislature and the governor will decide which two lawmakers will lose their job through a process called redistricting. David Sommerstein reports a draft plan for redistricting could be out by the end of month.  Go to full article

LTX Fiber to Reopen Beaver Falls Paper Mill

There was another bit of good news yesterday for the ailing North Country paper industry. State officials announced the purchase of the Beaver Falls paper mill near the Lewis County village of Croghan. David Sommerstein has the details.  Go to full article

Alcoa: Planning A Future in the North When the Economy Goes South

When economists recently announced the country was in a recession, most people already knew. In Massena, Alcoa workers have been feeling the pinch of a lagging economy for over a year now. After its latest round of layoffs and early retirements, the company is assessing its needs for the future. More layoffs are possible. But as David Sommerstein reports, hints of a market turnaround may help dispel worries of further cutbacks.  Go to full article

Canada Trade is Focus of Jefferson County Study

A new study on economic development in Jefferson County and the rest of the North Country points out ways to boost trade with Canada. David Sommerstein has details.  Go to full article

Visitors: Carolyn Raffenberger, "Precautionary" Environmentalist

David Sommerstein talks to Carolyn Raffenberger about the "precautionary principle". It says we should look into environmental and health effects before we leap into advances in science and technology.  Go to full article

Tribal Coalition Says Property Rights Group is Spreading Hate

Native groups accuse an Upstate property rights group of hateful actions over land claims in central New York. David Sommerstein expands on yesterday's report.  Go to full article

Tribal Coalition Says Property Rights Group is Spreading Hate

A national coalition of native tribes is accusing an upstate property rights group of spreading hateful and threatening messages about native Americans. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Pollution Monitoring Network Offered for Anti-Bioterror Use

Scientists who monitor pollutants in rain and snow around the country are offering their monitoring network to be used in the event of a wide-scale bioterrorist attack. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

36,000 New York Families Reach End of Federal Welfare Eligibility

On Sunday, the national experiment of welfare reform turns five years old. For 36,000 families and individuals in New York, the anniversary means they've reached their limit receiving federal welfare checks. Now, they'll apply for the state's new "safety net" program to continue getting benefits. Meanwhile, thousands of other families have already gone off welfare. David Sommerstein reports on the transition.  Go to full article

McHugh Downplays Civil Liberty Concerns in Anti-Terrorism Campaign

North Country Congressman John McHugh says civil liberties concerns over the Justice Department's anti-terrorism campaign are "speculative". While visiting Potsdam on Monday, McHugh said American citizens deserve the full protections of the Constitution. But he said in times of war, it's not unprecedented for foreign nationals to go through a different process, like trials in military courts. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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