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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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Mohawk Catskills Casino Will Have Company

On the heels of the largest expansion of gambling in New York State history, the St. Regis Mohawks have announced plans to break ground on their casino in the Catskills by the end of next year. David Sommerstein reports the tribe wasn't surprised by the legislative action, but news they may not be the only game in town did catch them off guard.  Go to full article

Sen. Clinton Talks With Ft. Drum Families

Senator Hillary Clinton returned to Fort Drum near Watertown Saturday. She scheduled the extra trip especially to show her gratitude for soldiers and their families in the wake of September 11. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Sen. Clinton Visits Ft. Drum on North Tour

During her second visit to Fort Drum in less than two months, Senator Hillary Clinton called preparations for military downsizing, including base closures, a distraction. She said U.S. military personnel should be allowed to focus on stopping terrorism. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Army Corps of Engineers Seaway Study Hearing Held in Canton

The US Army Corps of Engineers explained its study of the St. Lawrence Seaway to a full house in Canton last night. After years of similar reviews and proposed changes, river residents are wary. Last night's presentation raised as many questions as it answered. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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

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