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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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Petition to Include Inmates in Redistricting Census Falls Short

A petition drive to force a public referendum on whether to include inmates in St. Lawrence County's redistricting plan has come up short of valid signatures. Legislator Jim MaFadden is one of four county legislators who oppose the plan.  Go to full article

Understanding Kids and Drugs

Martha Foley talks with educator Mike Nerney about understanding kids and drugs--the new drug trends, and new ways of understanding risk-taking behavior in teens.  Go to full article

Ashcroft Pushes for US-Canada Border Upgrade

Attorney General John Ashcroft has vowed to push for the funding needed to boost security along the U.S.-Canada border. Ashcroft said he would urge the Bush administration to find money to make the border both more secure and more efficient for trade.  Go to full article

Reconsider: Reevaluating the War on Drugs

Reforming the Rockefeller Drug Laws--Martha Foley talks with Nick Eyle and Peter Christ, who are working to educate the public about the failure and the devastation the drug war has placed on society.  Go to full article

People: Kathy Lansing, Boonville Herald Editor

Martha Foley talks with Kathy Lansing, editor of the Boonville Herald in Boonville, the latest addition to NCPR's listening area.  Go to full article

Peru Indians Headed for State Football Finals

Martha Foley talks with Steve Ouellette, sports writer for the Plattsburgh Press Republican about high school football in the North Country, specifically, the Peru Indians' Class B Semifinal win over Harrison last week. The win lifts them into Saturday's state final.  Go to full article

People: Rev Sunny Oey, Conversations Betwenn Muslims and Christians

Martha Foley talks to the Reverend Sunny Oey of Malone, an Anglican clergyman who was born in Indonesia and is going back to moderate conversations between Christians and Muslims.  Go to full article

Teaching Children to Care for Pets

A new state law requires that pets adopted from shelters be spayed or neutered. Martha Foley talks with SUNY Canton Veterinary Science instructor Molly Mott, who's coordinating a new program that teaches pet owner responsibility to elementary students.  Go to full article

Rooftop Highway Hearings Held Around North Country

A new transportation study recommends building an interstate corridor--dubbed the rooftop highway--from Watertown to Plattsburgh. Meetings to gather public input are being held around the North Country this week. Martha Foley talks to Arno Hart, with the consulting firm that prepared the study, for an update on the meetings.  Go to full article

Problem Gambling Workshop In Ogdensburg Thursday

Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center will hold a workshop "Recognizing Problem Gambling" Thursday afternoon. Martha Foley talks with Pam Short from the New York Council on Problem Gambling.

NY Council on Problem Gambling 24-hour helpline: 800-437-1611.

Gamblers Anonymous meets Wednesday nights at the Northern New York Center on Problem Gambling, 167 Polk St., Suite 320, Watertown. For more information call 315-788-7241.  Go to full article

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