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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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How Climate Change Could Affect North Country Weather

A conversation about how global climate change could affect weather in the North Country. David Sommerstein talks with the director of the Great Lakes Regional Assessment study.  Go to full article

Remington Collection Book Wins Award

The Frederick Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg has won an award for the production of an art book about its collection. David Sommerstein talks with Remington Curator Laura Foster about the book, the award and the man.  Go to full article

North Country Schools Compete for Scarce Teachers

Across New York school districts are confronting an acute shortage of qualified teachers. Earlier this week, both New York Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton called the shortage a crisis that must be averted. School districts in New York City are having the toughest time attracting good teachers. Close behind are districts in rural areas like the North Country. David Sommerstein reports on the teacher shortage and how North Country schools are faring in the fiercely competitive field of teacher recruitment.  Go to full article

Zinc Corp. of America Lays off 141 in St. Lawrence County

The Zinc Corporation of America in St. Lawrence County laid off 141 workers Monday, citing high costs and low prices for zinc. David Sommerstein reports employees and area residents alike hope the two month work stoppage is only temporary.  Go to full article

Cuomo Debuts at North Country Democratic Fundraiser

North Country Democrats this weekend got their first look at one of their choices for the 2002 race for governor. Former Housing and Urban Development secretary Andrew Cuomo charged up Democrats in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties with promises of an economic rebound, traditional liberal values, and renewed attention for an area often lost in downstate issues. David Sommerstein attended a fundraiser Friday night in Pierrepont Manor.  Go to full article

School Budget Votes Coming Tuesday

North Country homeowners head to the polls Tuesday to approve or deny their school district's spending plan. Most school budgets have increased this year. Some districts are raising property taxes to pay the difference. But taxes are only part of the equation. David Sommerstein reports hold-ups in Albany are making school budgeting somewhat of a guessing game.  Go to full article

State Police Wrap Up Morristown Shooting Inquiry

State police in St. Lawrence county wrapping up an investigation into last Friday's shooting that resulted in the death of a Morristown resident and the injury of a veteran state police investigator. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Stalking Wild Turkey

Thousands of hunters head into the fields and woodlands this month to stalk the wild turkey. David Sommerstein went along on a hunt in the woods of St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article

Mchugh Proposes Ft. Drum Enhancements

As the Bush administration looks to trim federal spending to accommodate a trillion-dollar tax cut, North Country Congressman John McHugh is working to make sure Fort Drum is indispensible to any military budget. David Sommerstein reports McHugh is proposing 40 million dollars in enhancements to the Jefferson County army base.  Go to full article

Pyramid Scheme Victimizes Women

An illegal pyramid scheme called "Women Empowering Women" is drawing in hundreds of thousands of dollars from North Country women. As David Sommerstein reports, most will lose.  Go to full article

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