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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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North Country Life After Terrorism and Anthrax Scares

Anthrax scares are spreading around the world and here in the North Country. David Sommerstein went to the Walmart parking lot in Ogdensburg to see how people are coping with the mundane activities of life.  Go to full article

NYS Assembly Minority Leader Honored by St. Lawrence County Republicans

The state assembly's minority leader was the featured guest at the St. Lawrence County Republicans' annual dinner Friday night in Ogdensburg. Albany Assemblyman John Faso praised his fellow Republicans for their leadership since the attacks of September 11, and took an opportunity to do some campaigning. Faso is a Republican candidate for State Comptroller in 2002. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Local Government Conference Focuses on Spending

While the Governor is lobbying Washington for federal aid, local governments are assessing their own spending. The problem was on everyone's mind at the North Country Local Government Conference this week at SUNY Potsdam. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Vermont Gov. Dean Keynotes Local Government Conference

Vermont Governor Howard Dean told North Country leaders that the best projects come from the local level. Dean was the keynote speaker at SUNY Potsdam's 10th Annual Local Government Conference. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Judge Orders Interest Paid on Cayuga Land Claim

A federal judge has ordered New York state to pay the Cayuga Nation in central New York over two million dollars in interest for lands the state acquired illegally two centuries ago. The decision could set a precedent for other native land claims cases in New York. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Fort Drum Troops Headed to Uzbekistan

The Pentagon has confirmed 1000 soldiers from the army's 10th Mountain Division are headed to the former Soviet state of Uzbekistan. The soldiers leave behind families and communities with no easy answers about where their loved ones are and when they're coming back. David Sommerstein visited Evans Mills just outside Fort Drum.  Go to full article

Revisited: the "Twisted" Story of a Young Canadian Writer

We revisit the case of the boy in Ontario who was suspended from his school and arrested for writing a story for drama class about a boy who blows up his school. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Sen. Schumer: Support Ft. Drum

New York Senator Charles Schumer visited Fort Drum last Friday and kept his message simple: the people of Fort Drum need our support. David Sommerstein was on hand for Schumer's visit and has this report.  Go to full article

New Regulations Place Cost Burden on Local Airports

Airports in the North Country are finishing up their second week of regular service since the terrorist attacks on the U.S. grounded all air travel on September 11. David Sommerstein reports local airports are complying with new regulations. But the costs associated with them burden a service that's always been tough to keep financially viable.  Go to full article

Primary Day in New York

Today is primary elections day around New York State. The primaries were suspended on September 11 when terrorists attacked the Wortld Trade Center and the Pentagon. David Sommerstein reports some think today's voting may be premature.  Go to full article

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