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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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Robert Wells: the Politics of the "Bare Bones" Budget

The New York State budget was due April first--this week legislators in Albany are working on a "bare bones" budget to tide the state over. But major spending issues are unresolved, and there'll be plenty of time for more contention. St. Lawrence University Government professor Robert Wells offers analysis of the politics behind the plan.  Go to full article

A Good Year for Army Worms

Conditions are just right this summer for the common army worm. Martha Foley talks with Cooperative Extension agronomist Pete Barney.  Go to full article

Brian Mann: Rafting in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann, who just returned from a rafting trip in Alaska and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  Go to full article

DEC Ozone Forecasts?What Do They Mean?

Those ozone warnings... when are they important, and what do they mean? Martha Foley talks with one of the state Department of Environmental Conservation's ozone forecasters.  Go to full article

Dreaming of Timbuctoo

We hear about Timbuctoo, a movement to settle free black New Yorkers in the Adirondacks--from the curator of a new exhibit opening this week at the Adirondack Museum. It was more than just a homesteading plan--the issue was voting rights.  Go to full article

Summer Gardening - Interview with Amy Ivy

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about summer gardening  Go to full article

Watching the Summer Stars

The summer solstice and watching the stars--Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence University astronomer Dr. Aileen O'Donoghue.  Go to full article

Ed Kanze: It Does Strike Twice

Martha Foley talks with Ed Kanze, writer and naturalist in Bloomingdale who's been struck by lightning twice.  Go to full article

SLU Nepal Returnees in Katmandu During Royal Family Murders

Martha Foley catches up with a group of faculty and students from St. Lawrence University who just returned from Nepal. They were in Katmandu when members of the royal family there were murdered.  Go to full article

Practical Tips From a Family Counselor

Martha Foley talks with child psychologist and family counselor Dr. Kent Condrell, about practical tips for healthy families. He'll be at a conference in Lake Placid this weekend.  Go to full article

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