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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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Stream International Job Fair Opens Today in Watertown

North Country officials are betting on a strong showing at a Watertown job fair that opens today. Stream International wants proof of an ample work force before it builds a customer service center in Watertown that would create up to 900 new jobs. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Mohawk Nation Radio Keeps the Language Alive

David Sommerstein profiles CKON-FM, Mohawk Nation Radio at Akwesasne. Last year, CKON began broadcasting Mohawk language classes over the air.  Go to full article

Watertown Developers Court Stream International Customer Service Center

The economic development engines of the western half of the North Country are at full throttle to convince Stream International to locate a customer service center in Watertown. The company says it would create up to 900 new jobs--a major investment in a recessed economy. David Sommerstein reports the opportunity hinges largely on how many qualified people show up at next week's job fair.  Go to full article

People: Jill Vaughan, home literacy educator

David Sommerstein talks with Jill Vaughan, the home educator with Even Start in Franklin County, about how poverty and class issues figure into literacy and school success.  Go to full article

Even Start Program Helps Franklin County Families Learn to Read

Traditional research says that a child's ability to succeed in school is strongly related to his or her parent's—and especially mother's—level of education. If a mother learns to read or gets her GED, the idea goes, she's better prepared to read to her children, teach them the skills they'll need when they get to school. But further research says the situation may be more complicated. David Sommerstein explores the field of family literacy with a profile of the federal funded Even Start program in Franklin County.

Even Start programs in the North Country:
Franklin County: Joe Campbell, (518)4830290
St. Lawrence County: Faye Bartley, (315)379-9201 x164
Clinton & Essex Counties: Jeanette Mitchell, (518)942-3077
Herkimer County: (315)867-2079
There is currently no Even Start program in Jefferson or Lewis Counties.  Go to full article

Mohawk and US Officials Investigate Akwesasne Smuggling Incident

St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police are working with U.S. investigators to determine how seven people smuggled several pounds of marijuana and over two thousand dollars of counterfeit money into the country. Most of the alleged smugglers live on or near the St. Regis Mohawk reservation near Massena. David Sommerstein has the latest in the case.  Go to full article

Learning to Read Late in Life

Coming out of the illiteracy closet. David Sommerstein profiles two people who have learned to read late in life with the help of Literacy Volunteers in Jefferson and Lewis counties.  Go to full article

Former Congressman David Martin Named to International Joint Commission

A former North Country Congressman has been nominated by President Bush to serve on the body that oversees water levels in the Great Lakes system. Davis Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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

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