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NCPR News Staff: Natasha Haverty

Reporter and Producer

Natasha Haverty has an English degree from Brown University and got her radio training at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Maine.

From Maine she went to work at The Moth, a nonprofit in New York City devoted to the art of live storytelling, where she was the coordinator of the community outreach program that teaches workshops to schools and community centers and brings storytellers to the Moth stage (and the radio). She also helped produce the first two seasons of Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour (now playing on NPR stations across the country).

Tasha returned to her home state after receiving the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities’ “Liberty and Justice for All” grant to create an oral history of the Norfolk Prison Debating Society, which had an outstanding record against top college teams in the Forties and Fifties. She recently premiered her original 'improvised audio drama' The Yankee City Series at a live listening event at Harvard University. Tasha arrived in the North Country on April Fool's Day, 2012. E-mail

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Photo: cpualexd, CC, Some rights reserved.
Photo: cpualexd, CC, Some rights reserved.

Voter vox pop: Are you tuned in to the NY-21 race?

Tonight is the first Republican debate in the race for the North Country's congressional seat, with the primary coming up in just a few weeks.

But one big question is: are voters paying attention?

Reporter Natasha Haverty tried to get some sense of that yesterday afternoon, asking the people scattered along Higley Flow State Park in Colton just how tuned they are to this election. The folks she spoke to turned out to be a motley crew--from a couple of non-voters, to a former North Country congressional candidate.  Go to full article
Police investigating the scene of Garrett Phillips' death in 2011. Photo: Nora Flaherty
Police investigating the scene of Garrett Phillips' death in 2011. Photo: Nora Flaherty

Hillary offered bail after pleading not guilty

College soccer coach Oral Hillary was returned to jail Friday on bail after a court hearing in Canton.

Hillary is charged with second degree murder in the death of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips in Potsdam. The arrest Thursday followed four days of closed-door grand jury testimony. Hillary is accused of suffocating and strangling Phillips in October, 2011. Defense attorney Christopher Renfroe entered a plea not guilty on behalf of his client.  Go to full article
Naloxone (also known as Narcan). Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/punchingjudy/1934879517/in/photolist-3WYLgF-7Z11kZ">PunchingJudy</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Naloxone (also known as Narcan). Photo: PunchingJudy, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Heroin overdose-fighting drug comes to the North Country

Last month, almost 300 police officers from across the state gathered in Albany, to learn how to use what some health officials call the "magic weapon" in the fight against heroin. It's called Naloxone or Narcan, and if administered early enough, it can save the life of someone overdosing.

Officers came away from the two-day training not only knowing how to administer the medication, but also with prescriptions and kits of it to keep in their vehicles, all free of charge. And April's training was just the first: the plan is to bring the trainings around New York--including up to the North Country, where, for example, Malone Village police will train to use Naloxone next Wednesday.  Go to full article
Police investigating the scene of Garrett Phillips' death in 2011. Photo: Nora Flaherty
Police investigating the scene of Garrett Phillips' death in 2011. Photo: Nora Flaherty

Hillary pleads not guilty in Garrett Phillips murder

This morning, officers led Oral Hillary into the St. Lawrence County courthouse for his bail hearing. Potsdam police arrested him at his home the afternoon before. Hillary is charged with second degree murder in the death of 12-year-old Garrett Phillips in Potsdam. The arrest followed four days of closed-door grand jury testimony.  Go to full article
Third generation co-owner Peter Depthereos in front of The Crystal. Photo courtesy of TAUNY
Third generation co-owner Peter Depthereos in front of The Crystal. Photo courtesy of TAUNY

Watertown's oldest restaurant faces eviction deadline

Last week, the North Country learned that one of its iconic places to eat has been served an eviction notice. The Crystal, Watertown's oldest restaurant, opened its doors more than 90 years ago, and since the '40s, it's been run by the Dephtereos family.  Go to full article
Lampson Falls. Photo: Melanie Lukesh
Lampson Falls. Photo: Melanie Lukesh

SUNY Canton student drowns in Grasse River

A 21-year old SUNY Canton student drowned Sunday evening at a popular swimming hole in southern St. Lawrence County. Elliot D. Mullings of Brooklyn, NY was at Lampson Falls, in the Town of Clare, with two fellow students when the current swept him downstream. According to County Sheriff Kevin Wells, despite attempts by Mullings's friends and lookers on, his body failed to resurface.  Go to full article
Lieutenant Colonel Abrahm DiMarco, at the edge of the rappelling tower, taken from a camera strapped to my helmet. Photo: Natasha Haverty
Lieutenant Colonel Abrahm DiMarco, at the edge of the rappelling tower, taken from a camera strapped to my helmet. Photo: Natasha Haverty

How to jump off a 40-foot tower like an ROTC cadet

Last Friday, eight Clarkson University students became Second Lieutenants of the United States Army. Students from four local colleges make up the Golden Knight Battalion, the North Country's ROTC unit, spending four years going to school and training.

But the Reserve Officer Training Corps is a small, and sometimes invisible minority here. So before the cadets said goodbye to the North Country, they invited the community on to their physical training course, to spend a few hours in their world. Natasha Haverty stopped by for a lesson in rappelling.  Go to full article
From a Walk Against Rape. Photo: Steve Rhodes
From a Walk Against Rape. Photo: Steve Rhodes

National sex assault conversation echoes on North Country campuses

Last week, the White House's Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault announced that colleges aren't doing nearly enough.

Its report rolls out a comprehensive list of steps to help colleges and universities do better: from how they assess the problem, to how to prevent it, to improving how a school responds when a student is assaulted, and getting all those resources out in the open.

The task force's report is turning up a national conversation, one that's happening on campuses right here on the North Country.  Go to full article
Photo: Julia Metzger-Traber
Photo: Julia Metzger-Traber

St. Lawrence Co. comes out for its "first" Gay Pride Parade

This Saturday was a cloudy one across the north country, but the village of Potsdam was covered in rainbows for what organizers called St. Lawrence County's first ever Gay Pride Parade.  Go to full article
State Trooper John Jackson pulls a driver over for talking on a handheld phone while driving. Photo: Natasha Haverty
State Trooper John Jackson pulls a driver over for talking on a handheld phone while driving. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Ten distracted driving questions, answered!

Today we've already ridden shutgun in one of the unmarked vehicles the state police use to crack down on distracted driving. Now that we've gotten a look into that world, let's tackle some questions about distracted driving.  Go to full article

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