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NCPR News Staff: Martha Foley

News and Public Affairs Director
Martha Foley joined the staff of WSLU as morning host in 1981, after a stint at The St. Lawrence Plaindealer. She helped found the news department in 1982, and has seen it grow, and shrink, and grow again. "I especially liked the 'grow again' part," she says, "it means working with really talented reporters, telling more and more stories from around the North Country."

Martha has won state and national awards for her reporting and editing. She has encouraged local news at public radio stations across the country as a member and director of Public Radio News Directors, Inc., an organization of over 100 local newsrooms. As a director of PRNDI for six years, she was responsible for The PRNDI Project, an annual training program for young reporters, and NewsWorks, training for station news departments.

Martha grew up on an Adirondack foothill in northeastern Saratoga County. She lives just south of Canton with her husband, boatbuilder Everett Smith, and her teenaged son, Emmett. Favorite pastimes: sitting, looking, and listening. E-mail

Stories filed by Martha Foley

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Stitching a Human Flag

Students at SUNY-Plattsburgh are asking the public for their help in making a Human Flag of Remembrance. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

September Gardening: It's not too late!

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about late summer additions to the garden.  Go to full article

The Post Industrial World Economy: Upside Down and Backward

Business leader, environmentalist, and author Paul Hawken is a leading proponent of natural capitalism: corporate reform with respect to ecological practices. Hawken spoke last spring at Clarkson University, as part of the college's series on sustainability. He opened his remarks with his explanation of the world economy now, calling it "upside down and backwards." The entire speech can be heard at:  Go to full article

Summer 2002: A Challenge for Farmers

Martha Foley talks with Pete Barney, agronomist with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Canton, about the challenges of farming in the North Country this summer.  Go to full article

Call-in: Gardening with Amy Ivy

Amy Ivy, Horticulturist with the Clinton/Essex County Cooperative Extension Service, answers listener questions on gardening.  Go to full article

Summer Gardening Update

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about late-summer gardening.  Go to full article

Help For Dairy Farmers Gets Mixed Reviews

Details were announced yesterday on a new federal subsidy program for dairy farmers. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Sojourn on Sapelo

Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence University students and faculty members who spent part of this summer on Sapelo Island. The summer studies program on the remote "Gullah" island community brought white and black, city and country together.  Go to full article

DEC Asks for Public Input in Upper Hudson Management Plan

Whitewater rafting and concerns about its impact on fish life in the Upper Hudson River dominated the Department of Environmental Conservation's first public meeting on the next five-year management plan for the Hudson River Gorge. Katy O'Dell has more.  Go to full article

Summer Harvest

With recent heat and rain, things are happening fast and furiously in the garden. The lettuce and beets seem crowded even after they?ve been thinned and picked, broccoli is on the verge of over-ready, and herbs are crazy. Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about the need for some serious intervention.  Go to full article

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