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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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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

Sustainable Energy Fair in Canton

On Saturday in Canton, hundreds of people took a crash course in energy issues of a different kind. As a part of Earth Day weekend, the North Country Sustainable Energy Fair exhibited an array of energy alternatives... production without new power plants or oil wells, and consumption without higher bills. David Sommerstein was there and takes us on a sustainable energy tour.  Go to full article

Free Trade in the Americas: Critics and Supporters, Pt. 2

When leaders of the Americas head to Quebec City next weekend to continue negotiations on the Free Trade Area of the Americas, there'll be a lot more on the table than free trade. The FTAA, as it's called, also establishes the economic, legal, and intellectual rights of companies when they deal with foreign governments. FTAA critics say the rights of people take a back seat to the rights of corporations in free trade deals. In the second installment on protests in Quebec City, David Sommerstein tests the anti-corporate arguments.  Go to full article

Free Trade in the Americas: Critics and Supporters, Pt. 1

Meetings to fuel the engines of free trade in the Americas begin next week in Quebec City. Today we hear the arguments of their critics. David Sommerstein's first in a two-part series.  Go to full article

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