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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You might think with all of the publicity, news reports and public service messages warning about scams, people would be more vigilant — and more suspicious.  But , anyone can fall victim to a scamster.

WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher delivered her sixth annual State of the University address this morning in Albany, making several announcements that will impact the system’s 64 campuses.

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New York's graduation rate increased slightly to 78.1 percent last year but remained below the national rate of 82 percent.


Fantasy sports betting is back in play in New York State - for now.

Women's rights activist Gloria Steinem, actor Cynthia Nixon, supermodel Christy Turlington Burns and more than 150 other female leaders from the arts, politics and business are urging passage of paid family leave in New York.

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New York State’s Medical Marijuana Program is off to a slow start. The state's Department of Health provided the number on Friday.

Outside of of the Mitchell H. Cohen Building & U.S. Courthouse, Camden, NJ. prior to the hearing for the Duka brothers on January 6, 2016
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Activists from Albany traveled to Camden, New Jersey, Wednesday in a show of solidarity with the Duka brothers—three of the so-called “Fort Dix Five” involved in an FBI entrapment case.


130 registered nurses who participated in a Wednesday strike at Nathan Littauer hospital have been locked out of the facility.

Medical Pot
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

New York's medical marijuana program began today, 18 months after lawmakers passed the Compassionate Care Act. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was in North Albany for the opening of the Capital City's dispensary.

WAMC composite image by Dave Lucas

The New York State Health Department is launching its much anticipated medical marijuana program today - but not without some pitfalls.