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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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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

The American Dream in Russia's Wild Frontier

Martha Foley talks with Alexander Blakely, author of Siberia Bound. Blakely is a Minnesota-native who's written a book about using his entrepreneurial skills in post-communist Siberia.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Celebrates 200 Years of History

St. Lawrence County celebrates its bicentennial Thursday. Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence County Historian Trent Trulock about the county's past, and bicenntenial party this summer.  Go to full article

Summer Gardening and Bugs

Bugs gardeners need to worry about, and tips on what to do with horticulturist Amy Ivy.  Go to full article

Senator Clinton Address St. Lawrence River and Ft. Drum Issues on North Country Visit

New York's junior U.S. Senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton, visited the North Country this weekend. Her 3-day visit began with a boat ride on the St. Lawrence River near Clayton Friday morning. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

More on the history of Massena and Alcoa

From the NCPR archives, a story about the history of Massena and Alcoa, and the beginnings of the aluminum industry in Massena. Our story was produced in 1989 to complement the exhibit Canal to Company Town by the St. Lawrence County Historical Association.  Go to full article

Loon Mercury Study Final Report

Martha Foley talks with Adirondack loon researcher Nina Schoch about the final report from the loon and mercury study, other threats to loons in the Adirondacks, and a census coming up later this month.  Go to full article

After Spring Blooms Fade

Martha Foley and Amy Ivy talk about tidying up after the spring blooms. What to do with iris, lupines, poppies, all those plants that flower early and are fading away.  Go to full article

G8 Protests in Ottawa

Four damaged police cars, one injured police officer, a little spray painting and one arrest. That's the damage from yesterday's anti-G-8 demonstrations in Ottawa. Martha Foley talks with reporter Karen Kelly in Ottawa about the protests.  Go to full article

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