Dave Lucas

Capital Region Bureau Chief

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief.  Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.

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Pope Francis proclaimed the internet was a gift from God. Amanda Scarpinati might just be inclined to agree with that.  Scarpinati's four-decade search for a nurse who cared for her as an infant burn victim came to fruition in a matter of hours days, thanks to social media...

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With an abundance of rain expected over the next several days in Albany and surrounding counties, there has been talk of possible flooding. But you may not know that a vast area including Albany already dodged a bullet this weekend.

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On social media and in backyards across the country, Sunday night's lunar eclipse generated a lot of public interest in the stars. But will it last?

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Major storms that once might have hit the coasts of New York and New Jersey every 500 years could soon happen every 25 years or so.  That's one of the findings of a study looking back over 1,000 years.

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State forest rangers are battling a growing wild fire in the eastern Adirondack woods that has scorched about 100 acres since an unattended campfire sparked the blaze over the weekend.

Collar City voters will vote tomorrow on a proposed Troy Public Library budget and elect new members to the board of trustees.


A new state audit released Friday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli shows off-track wagering dropped by $1.2 billion during the five-year period of 2009-2013 compared to the previous five-year span.


Growing demand for electricity in Westchester and New York City is having an impact on some Hudson Valley counties. Some power proposals are being reconsidered.

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New York authorities have ordered insurer Health Republic to stop writing new policies and wind down business after existing policies expire.

The Troy mayoral race has taken a turn: Ernest Everett, who finished third in the Democratic primary, is facing felony forgery counts.