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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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Health Officials and Activists Respond to Cancer Distribution Study

State Health officials said last week they're investigating the Adirondacks and the St. Lawrence Valley for what appear to be high incidents of lung, colon, and prostate cancer. David Sommerstein has the response of local health officials and activists who are figuring out what to do with the troubling information.  Go to full article

High Rates of Prostate Cancer in Northern New York

Northern New York is home to some of the highest rates of prostate cancer in the state. That's according to state health department prostate cancer maps released yesterday. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

Anti-Globalization Movement Changes After September 11

Since September 11, expressing dissent toward the policies of the U.S. government and its allies has been a tricky business. Some people have called criticism of government policies anti-patriotic.

Last weekend's demonstrations in Ottawa against the meetings of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the G20 finance ministers were the first anti-globalization protests since the terror attacks. Earlier this year, protests against free trade meetings in Quebec City turned violent, as thousands of police faced thousands of protesters.

David Sommerstein was on the streets of Ottawa to ask demonstrators how the anti-globalization movement has changed since September 11. He sends this report.  Go to full article

Anti-Globalization Forces Protest at G20 Talks in Ottawa

Some two thousand anti-globalization activists took to the streets in Ottawa on Saturday. They were marching to oppose the policies of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and the G20 finance ministers meeting over the weekend in the Canadian capital. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Don't Applaud?Just Throw Rotten Tomatoes

From designing a better can opener to building more fuel efficient cars, engineering takes the theories of science and applies them to real life. But teachers of engineering often struggle to bring real-life lessons to the classroom. A class at SUNY Canton gives high school students a chance to grapple with real engineering problems, but with a seasonal twist. Students have to design and build a catapult to launch rotten tomatoes the furthest. David Sommerstein went to see the homemade catapults in action.  Go to full article

Wiccan Anti-Globalization Activist Starhawk Cancels Visit After Border Crossing Incident

David Sommerstein talks with Wiccan author Starhawk. Earlier this week border security forced the Californian author and anti-globalization activist to cancel talks planned at St. Lawrence University.  Go to full article

Strategist Explains Tenth Mountain Division's Role in Uzbekistan

About a thousand soldiers from Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division are just north of Afghanistan in the former soviet state of Uzbekistan. David Sommerstein spoke with Michael O'Hanlon, a specialist in military strategy and senior fellow at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC, to learn more about the troops' possible role. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

New Cleanup Plan for Sealand Superfund site Presented

Federal scientists are proposing a new solution for cleaning up contamination at the Sealand Superfund site in the St. Lawrence County town of Lisbon. They'll present the plan to the public tonight. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Rooftop Highway Draws Raves from Lawmakers, Mixed Reviews From Public

Authors of a study that recommends a four-lane highway from Watertown to Plattsburgh held public meetings on the idea last week. The response from local leaders has been overwhelmingly positive, but the public's reaction has been mixed. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Democracy Matters: Taking Campaign Finance Reform to College Campuses

On the heels of election day, David Sommerstein spoke with Adam Weinberg, a professor of Sociology at Colgate University, to see where campaign finance fits in these days. Weinberg is the founder of "Democracy Matters" which organizes college campuses on campaign finance issues.  Go to full article

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