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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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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

Living with uncertainty at Fort Drum.

David Sommerstein reported on the first deployments to Central Asia in October.  Go to full article

NORAD Tracking Santa Claus

The story of Norad. The military agreement between the U.S. and Canada was signed in the North Country. And now NORAD uses its high-tech equipment to track missiles…and Santa Claus…  Go to full article

Border Town Residents Assess the New Security Deal

Following new border agreements between the U.S. and Canada, we visit border towns between New York and Quebec, where there's both approval and concern. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

People: SLU Government Professor Bob Wells on the Art of Redistricting

David Sommerstein talks with government professor Bob Wells about the political intrigue of redistricting, both for Congressional representatives and for state lawmakers.  Go to full article

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

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