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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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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

Looking for Traces of Railroad History

The Adirondack Museum is planning an exhibit on the railroad worker. Who were the people who laid the tracks and ran the trains? Martha Foley talks with writer Amy Godine about her research for the upcoming exhibit.  Go to full article

Garden Damage Control: Too Much Water, Too Much Wind

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about the aftermath of summer storms on the garden.  Go to full article

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

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