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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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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

Native Pollinators

Martha Foley talks with biologist Bill Romey about native pollinators. They keep a low profile, but were here before the honey bees.  Go to full article

Water Quality Monitoring Program Available for Adirondacks Lakes and Ponds

A program to monitor water quality is looking for volunteers on Adirondack lakes and ponds. Martha Foley talks with Mike DeAngelo, of the Adirondack Watersheds Institute, who says acidity is only one concern.

For more information about the Adirondack Lake Assessment Program, contact Mike DeAngelo: 518-327-6270, or Peter Bauer: 518-251-4257  Go to full article

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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