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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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Clayton Antique Boat Show Draws Thousands

Last weekend thousands of people visited Clayton for the 37th annual Antique Boat show and auction--a chance to view St. Lawrence skiffs, launches and run-abouts. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Clarkson Professor Coordinates Nationwide Air Quality Monitoring

Through the month of July, a professor at Clarkson University coordinated the largest air quality monitoring effort ever conducted in this country. David Sommerstein reports the results could drive the next generation of pollution decision-making. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Teaching for Doing: Constructivist Educators Meet at SLU

This week St. Lawrence University is hosting the 9th annual Constructivist Conference. Educators from all over New York State practicing what they call "learning-centered" teaching skills. In learning-centered classrooms, the focus is on doing things, discussing things, not reading and lecturing about them. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

DEC Head Grilled on Lisbon Chipboard Plant Air Permits

The regional head of the DEC was in Canton last night and faced questions about air quality permits for a planned chipboard plant in Lisbon. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Future Plans for the Seaway?Discussion with Albert Jacquez

David Sommerstein talks more with Albert Jacquez about future plans for the St. Lawrence Seaway.  Go to full article

How to keep the Seaway Safe and Competitive

The head of the agency that runs the St. Lawrence Seaway says changes will have to be made to keep the Seaway safe and competitive. They could include rebuilding the locks and dredging deeper channels. But the agency has no plans for year-round navigation. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Opponents of Seaway Winter Navigation and Channel Enlargement Gear Up

St. Lawrence River environmentalists are gearing up to oppose changes to the Seaway that could include deeper channels and year-round shipping. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

The History of Baseball in the North Country

Dave Sommerstein talks with baseball historian Robert McGrath. He researches and writes on the history of baseball in the North Country, especially the teams from Lyon Mountain in Clinton County.  Go to full article

Nature Conservancy Protects Fragile Alpine Vegetation on Adirondack Peaks

For over a decade the Adirondack Nature Conservancy has been protecting the alpines of the Adirondacks through education and careful observation. But that may not be enough, and the group's started a new technique for conservation--carrying rocks up to the summits to stabilize the delicate plants that grow there. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence University to Open New Teacher Training Center

Professors at St. Lawrence University will get help keeping up with new skills for the classroom at a new training center. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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