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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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Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Carl McCall visits the North Country.

Martha Foley spoke with Carl McCall before his speech to St. Lawrence County Democrats in Massena Friday night.  Go to full article

Direct Democracy

Martha Foley talks with Canton Mayor Robert Wells about initiative and referendum. The Governor supports the idea, but will it ever become law in New York?  Go to full article

Clarkson Receives $30-million Gift

Clarkson University has announced the largest gift in its history -- $30-million dollars to support engineering and science programs at the Potsdam school. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Town/Gown Cooperation

Martha Foley talks with Canton Mayor Robert Wells about cooperation between municipalities and colleges in the region.  Go to full article

Anglers Urged to Hand In Lead Sinkers

Officials are urging anglers to trade in their lead sinkers for tin and steel alternatives. State wildlife officials and environmentalists say the sinkers can poison and even kill loons. The Legislature is considering banning the sale of lead sinkers of one-half-ounce or less. Martha Foley talks with Dr. Nina Schoch who has helped to organize a sinker exchange program.
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Eben Holden: A New Edition of an Old Favorite

Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence University English professor Dr. Albert Glover about his new edition of Irving Bacheller's Eben Holden.  Go to full article

Hummingbirds: The Tropical Connection

Martha Foley talks with naturalist Bill Hilton Jr. about how to protect hummingbirds in North America and the tropics. Hilton is Executive Director of the Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History in South Carolina. He'll give a lecture at 4:00 this afternoon in St. Lawrence University's Hepburn Auditorium.  Go to full article

TAUNY Documents North Country Veterans' Stories

Martha Foley talks with Varick Chittenden, of Traditional Arts of Upstate New York, about preserving the oral history of area veterans - their memories and experiences of service - for future generations. TAUNY is an official partner in the Library of Congress's national Veterans History Project. A workshop this weekend will prepare local volunteers to collect those stories in the North Country.  Go to full article

Maple Mania - From Tree to Table

Martha Foley talks with Betsy Folwell, editor-at-large, about maple recipes from the latest issue of Adirondack Life magazine.  Go to full article

SLU Women's B-Ball Ready For NCAA Action

St. Lawrence University's women's basketball team sees its first NCAA Final Four action ever tonight at the NCAA Division III tournament in Terra Haute, Indiana. We spoke with the team's coach, G.P. Gromacki.  Go to full article

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