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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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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

Canada Takes on Telemarketing Scams

Martha Foley talks with Sylvain Leroux, a member of COLT, a Canadian Task Force on telemarketing fraud--it's a multi-million dollar criminal activity that authorities are trying to crackdown on.  Go to full article

Grants Address the Shortage in Health Care Workers

Martha Foley talks with Richard Merchant about addressing the shortage of health care workers with grants to encourage careers in health care.  Go to full article

PINS Program Expands To Include Older Teens

Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence County Parole Director Francine Paretta about the costs and benefits of expanding PINS--the program that helps families deal with problem kids. As of July 1, 2001, 17 and 18-year-olds will now be included. What'll the impact be on county agencies that'll be responsible for them now?  Go to full article

Living North Country: A Talk with the Editors

Martha Foley talks with editors Neal Burdick and Natalia Singer about their new book, Living North Country: Essays on Life and Landscape in Northern New York.  Go to full article

McHugh Shows Colleagues the Border

North Country Congressman John McHugh meets at the Champlain Port of Entry this morning with his congressional colleagues to show them first-hand the security challenges he says New York and other border states face. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Regional Transportation Study Recommends "Rooftop Highway" to Follow Route 11

A four-lane rooftop highway would be the transportation backbone needed to keep the North Country economy alive. A year-and-a-half study of transportation needs in the region between Watertown and Plattsburgh recommends a major corridor along the present Route 11. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Sen. Clinton Addresses Potsdam Town Meeting

About a thousand people attended a town meeting with Senator Hillary Clinton on Saturday at SUNY Potsdam. It was part of the senator's tour of the North Country. Martha Foley reports. See links below for additional audio from the town meeting.  Go to full article

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