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NCPR News Staff: Nora Flaherty

Digital Editor, News

Nora Flaherty began her career in public radio as a reporter and on-air host at Michigan Radio, where she did stories on environmental issues, housing, the arts, among other things. Nora moved to New York City in 2005, and became a producer at WFUV. At WFUV, Nora hosted a weekly interview program and reported on the long-term issues faced by September 11th survivors, education, and less serious topics like fairy tales, freak shows and pop music.

At NCPR, Nora has hosted the daily news program All Before Five, and reported on local politics, the arts, agriculture and entrepreneurship. She has recently taken on a new role as Digital Editor for News.

Nora’s work has won awards from the Associated Press, New York State Broadcasters Association, and Public Radio News Directors, Inc., as well as a Gracie Award.

A serious dog person, Nora loves hanging out with her "pack" (her husband and their two dogs), cooking, and driving in foreign countries. E-mail

Stories filed by Nora Flaherty

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We need to protect our statute against this unconstitutional federal law that really seeks to disempower New Yorkers

Attorney General Schneiderman joins case against Defense of Marriage Act

New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman says he's confident the state will win a lawsuit challenging the newly-signed same-sex marriage law. And he's taking steps to see same-sex marriage legalized throughout the country.  Go to full article

Griffo supports Regional Economic Development Council, but says North Country needs more

State Senator Joe Griffo was in Potsdam Thursday for Governor Andrew Cuomo's announcement of the new Regional Economic Development Councils.

Griffo's a Republican whose district covers Onieda, St. Lawrence, and Lewis Counties.

Nora Flaherty spoke with him about what the councils might mean for the North Country. She asked him if he had any concerns about the plan.  Go to full article

Amish in Northern New York changing the face of farming

There are now about 13,000 Amish in New York--many in the North Country. A recent study from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania showed that's about three times the number of Amish the state had just two years ago--and the population's growing faster than in any other state.  Go to full article
Part of being Amish is giving yourself up to God’s plan, yielding to what God has in mind for you.

After tragedy, Amish mourners find peace in faith

Hundreds of friends, family members and other mourners came from as far away as Wisconsin, Kentucky Illinois and Michigan to southern Steuben County last week to attend the funerals Friday and Saturday of five Amish men and women who were killed last Tuesday in a three-car crash in Yates county. Some from the Amish community in Norfolk were there as well.

The tragedy has provided a glimpse into the Amish community's views of death and life. Nora Flaherty has more.  Go to full article

All Before Five: 7/22/11

The Tug Hill Commission is making its case to survive the streamlining of state government...from the skies. And central New York's Tompkins County gets ready for hydrofracking.  Go to full article
Employees "kinked up the hose" but it didn't work, according to DEC documents.
Employees "kinked up the hose" but it didn't work, according to DEC documents.

Madrid's Mapleview Dairy may face fine for 1000 gallon manure spill

A Madrid Dairy could face a fine of up to $37,000 from the state Department of Environmental Conservation after it spilled 1000 gallons of liquid manure from its manure storage lagoon into Brandy Brook on July 6.

The headline of this story formerly read "10,000 gallon." NCPR regrets the error.--ed.  Go to full article
An Army biologist examines a little brown bat captured at Fort Drum Military Installation in northern NY for evidence of white-nose syndrome. Photo Fort Drum.
An Army biologist examines a little brown bat captured at Fort Drum Military Installation in northern NY for evidence of white-nose syndrome. Photo Fort Drum.

Fort Drum little brown bat research raises survival hopes--slightly

Fort Drum is best known as the home of the 10th mountain division but the 107-thousand acre military base is also home to a maternity colony of little brown bats. And as white-nose syndrome has been decimating that species in New York and across the region, that's colony is increasingly rare.

A maternity colony is where female bats come together to give birth to their young. Most studies of white-nose syndrome have taken place in hibernacula: the places where bats go to hibernate - mostly in caves.

Chris Dobony is a fish and wildlife biologist at Fort Drum. He's been researching the effects of white-nose syndrome on the maternity colony for the last few years. He spoke with Nora Flaherty about the disease, and the slightly auspicious results of his work.  Go to full article

Farmers Under 40: National FFA no longer farmer-focused

Even as young adults are learning to farm in college, one of the most iconic organizations for kids growing up in rural, traditionally agricultural communities, Future Farmers of America, has shifted its mission away from farming.

In fact, it's not even called "Future Farmers of America" anymore -- in 1988, it changed its name to "the National FFA Organization." And its mission now is to help teach kids to "meet the challenges of feeding a growing population" through work in "a broad range of career pathways."

Farming's still part of that but a less important part. With farmers growing older and few kids coming up to replace them, the change raises a lot of questions.

Carol Wright is the FFA advisor for Canton Central School. She's from a North Country farm family, and she was an FFA member when she was in school.
Her brother's still a farmer, as are a lot of her former high school classmates. She told Nora Flaherty the change in focus reflects a larger social shift.  Go to full article
The international border divides the Thousand Islands.
The international border divides the Thousand Islands.

Lingering questions, anxiety after Canada eases boater check-in requirements

It's been just over a month since agents from the Canadian Border Security Agency fined American fisherman Roy Anderson $1000 and threatened to seize his boat. Anderson was doing something boaters have been doing for generations without thinking it was an issue--floating, without docking, in Canadian waters on the St. Lawrence.

Since then, there's been a lot of confusion among boaters about where they could and couldn't go--and a lot of concern among those who depend on the tourism industry for their living about how that confusion would affect the season.

Two major developments Friday seemed to indicate the situation was on its way to being resolved--but Nora Flaherty reports it's more complicated than that.  Go to full article
The Thousand Islands divided by the international border ©Google
The Thousand Islands divided by the international border ©Google

A small victory for US politicians: Canada eases restrictive boating rules, slightly

A month after agents from the Canadian Border Security Agency fined fisherman Roy Anderson $1000 and threatened to seize his boat, state and national politicians are still working to ease punishments on boaters who drift across the border.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer was in the Thousand Islands Friday, doing just that. Nora Flaherty has more.  Go to full article

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