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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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Gardening in the Rain

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy on gardening in rainy weather,including the effect rain has on fertilizers, organic and non-organic.  Go to full article

Shyness and Social Phobia

Martha Foley talks with Canton psychiatrist Colleen Livingston about how shyness can really hurt, from childhood to adulthood.  Go to full article

Get Growing: Spring Gardening in the North Country

Martha Foley continues her series of Monday morning gardening chats with horticulturist Amy Ivy.  Go to full article

Gardening When the Weather's Weird

Martha Foley talks with horticulturalist Amy Ivy about the unpredictable weather so far this spring.  Go to full article

Firehouse Funding

Canton and Lisbon Fire Departments are getting help from state and federal governments. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Director Jay Craven on Teens in Film

Martha Foley talks with film director Jay Craven about giving young people a start in film. Craven's credits include "Where Rivers Flow North" and "The Spitfire Grill". He's involved in the teen film forum at the Lake Placid Film Forum this week.  Go to full article

Teaching Disabilities on Texas TV

A St. Lawrence County man is heading to Texas today to appear on a TV program. Wil Hansen will discuss and perform his one-man show that teaches people about what life is like with a disability. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Reflections on Stafford's Senate Career

Martha Foley talks with Bob Grady, Managing Editor of the Plattsburgh Press Republican, about Senator Ron Stafford's decision not to seek re-election, about his legacy in the North Country, and about the fight shaping up to succeed him.  Go to full article

An audio excerpt from Collateral Language, A User's Guide to America's New War

Natalia Singer, who teaches creative writing at St. Lawrence University, reads an excerpt from her essay in the book.  Go to full article

Book: Collateral Language, A User's Guide to America's New War

Martha Foley talks with John Collins and Ross Glover, two St. Lawrence University professors, who are editors of a new book that examines the meanings of post September 11th language. Highly charged terms that saturate news broadcasts and everyday conversation.  Go to full article

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