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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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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

Look Under Guys, Sensitive, New Age

Martha Foley talks with SLU Gender Studies professor Joel Morton and Peter E. Murphy, author of the book Studs, Tools and the Family Jewels: Metaphors Men Live By.  Go to full article

Look Under Guys, Sensitive, New Age

Martha Foley talks with SLU Gender Studies professor Joel Morton and Peter E. Murphy, author of the book Studs, Tools and the Family Jewels: Metaphors Men Live By.  Go to full article

Putting the Garden to Bed

Martha Foley talks with Amy Ivy about the growing season and the fall garden cleanup.  Go to full article

Local Government Conference in Potsdam

Martha Foley talks with Potsdam Mayor Ruth Garner about the 10th Annual Local Government Conference, at SUNY Potsdam. Wednesday's Conference theme is "Managing Local Government: Listening, Learning, Leading," and Vermont Governor Howard Dean will be the keynote speaker.  Go to full article

Interview: Making the Case Against Acid Rain

Martha Foley talks with the Adirondack Council's Bernard Melewski, who's in Washington to make the case against acid rain pollution.  Go to full article

Women's Healing Retreat At Sagamore this Weekend

Martha Foley talks with Naj Wikoff about a women's health retreat in the Adirondacks this weekend.  Go to full article

People: John McHugh, representative

Martha Foley talks with North Country Congressman John McHugh about a new congressional bipartisan spirit and the challenges posed by the new effort against terrorism.  Go to full article

People: Jonathan Slater, professor?on a Student Bus to NYC

Martha Foley talks with Jonathan Slater, a Plattsburgh State professor, who accompanied three charter busloads of students heading to New York City last weekend for their first visit home of the year.  Go to full article

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