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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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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

Hassig Seeks Green Party Gubernatorial Endorsement

Local environmentalist Don Hassig seeks the Green Party's nod for governor. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Rep. McHugh Spotlights North Country Development

North Country Congressman John McHugh plots a future for economic development in the region. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Ringers and Leaners: the Fine Art of Pitching Horseshoes

Horseshoeing on the St. Lawrence: David Sommerstein checks out league night in Ogdensburg for the "ins" and "outs" of the game horseshoes.  Go to full article

Schumer Hopes for Patients' Bill of Rights by July 4

New York Senator Charles Schumer hopes to pass a Patients' Bill of Rights through the US Senate by July 4. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

No Jetski Curfew in St. Lawrence County Town of Pierrepont

Jetski users will still have their way on the Hannawa Falls Reservoir in St. Lawrence County. The Town of Pierrepont Board voted unanimously against a 6 pm to 9 am curfew for the machines. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Lisbon Residents Settle Sealand Toxic Lawsuit

Families near the Sealand toxic waste site in the St. Lawrence County town of Lisbon have reached a settlement with some of the world's largest corporations. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Jetski Curfews in St. Lawrence County Divide Neighbors

Last year, New York's legislature gave towns the right to regulate jetski use on their home waters—now personal watercraft rules are an issue from lake to lake—David Sommerstein reports on a proposed "curfew" on one St. Lawrence County pond.  Go to full article

Governor okays casinos in Niagara Falls and Buffalo

Last week Governor Pataki made a surprise announcement to allow Seneca Nation casinos in Niagara Falls and Buffalo. David Sommerstein reports the St. Regis Mohawks don't think the move will hurt their own casino plans.  Go to full article

Lower Canadian Standards Attract Hazardous Waste Disposal

A report says Canada has become a haven for hazardous waste generated in the U.S. Companies in the Great Lakes region use lower standards in Ontario and Quebec to dispose of the waste more cheaply. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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