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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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US Border Patrol Agent peers across the St. Lawrence River.
US Border Patrol Agent peers across the St. Lawrence River.

St. Lawrence River Smuggling has a Venerable History

Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence County historian Trent Trulock about the long history of smuggling on the St. Lawrence River.  Go to full article

Honoring the Life and Work of Martin Luther King at St. Lawrence University

On this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence University Chaplain Kathleen Buckley and Rance Davis with the SLU Multicultural Affairs office.  Go to full article

People: Gail Gotham, School District Superintendent

Martha Foley talks by phone with Clifton-Fine Superintendent Gail Gotham.  Go to full article

People: Carol Nuebert, Reading Specialist

Martha Foley talks with Carol Neubert, assistant superintendent and reading specialist at Canton Central School.  Go to full article

Women in Islam

Martha Foley talks with the Reverend Cynthia Walton on women in Islam.  Go to full article

Undefeated Adirondack Legends Seeking Senior Gold

Martha Foley talks with Lonnie Avery of the Adirondack Legends senior hockey team. The team is undefeated and on course for the gold medal at the Senior Olympic Hockey Championships in Lake Placid.  Go to full article

People: Naturalist Ed Kanze, on the Australia Bush Fires

Martha Foley talks with naturalist Ed Kanze, author of the book "Kangaroo Dreaming," about massive fires burning in New South Wales, Australia. The country has a long history of fire, and some plants thrive on fire, but people settled on the landscape complicate the picture.  Go to full article

People: Judy Aldrich, St. Lawrence County Dairy Farmer

Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence county farmer Judy Aldrich about old and new challenges facing dairy farmers and the dairy industry. Aldrich serves on a national advisory committee at the USDA.  Go to full article

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

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