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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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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

People: Abul Knondker, North Country Muslim Leader

Martha Foley talks with a leader of the Muslim community in Potsdam. Abul Khondker remains hopeful there will be no retribution in the North Country.  Go to full article

People: Phil Wagner, St. Lawrence County Red Cross Director

Martha Foley talks with Phil Wagner, Director of the St. Lawrence County chapter of the American Red Cross.  Go to full article

People: Karen Easter, Reachout Director, on Disaster Stress Management

Martha Foley speaks to Karen Easter from Reachout, the St. Lawrence County crisis intervention and referral service, about disaster mental health issues.  Go to full article

Authors: Stephen Doheny-Farina, The Grid and the Village

Martha Foley talks with Stephen Doheny-Farina, author of The Grid and the Village, about losing electricity, finding community and surviving disaster. His book is a first-hand account of the 1998 ice storm that shut down the North Country and parts of New England and Canada.  Go to full article

19th Adirondack Canoe Classic

250 canoes, kayaks and guideboats will push off from the beach at Old Forge for the annual 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic. MArtha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Adirondack Council Sues to Delay Lake George Herbicide Hearings

The Adirondack Council has filed suit to delay hearings into the proposed use of SONAR, an herbicide, to combat the invasive species watermilfoil in Lake George. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

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