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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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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

Fort Drum Families

A thousand soldiers from Fort Drum have been in Uzbekistan and Afghanistan since last fall. Military families work hard to prepare for deployments, and to live through them. We hear from Rena, who's waiting at Fort Drum while her husband Darryl is in Afghanistan, and Chaplain Ron Thomas who oversees family support programs at the base.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Celebrates Bicentennial

Martha Foley talks with County Historian Trent Trulock.  Go to full article

Fort Drum Troops Not Among Casualties in Afghanistan

The soldiers and spouses at Fort Drum have been watching with increasing tension as reports of American casualties come in from the battlegrounds of Afghanistan. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

U.S. Helicopter Shot Down Over Afghanistan

At least 6 Americans were killed and an unknown number wounded when their helicopter was shot down over eastern Afghanistan today. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Feminism and Religion

Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence University professors Kelley Raab and Kathryn Poethig about this week's Mackay lecture series--"Women, God, Power: Crossing Boundaries" in Canton.  Go to full article

Wadhams Hall Seminary College to Close

Wadhams Hall Seminary College in Ogdensburg will close in May, the victim of a long decline in enrollment, and lack of prospects for the future. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Photojournalist Red Grandy on Crashing the Iron Curtain

Martha Foley talks with North Country Photojournalist Red Grandy, who covered the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics for Stars & Stripes.  Go to full article

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