Jessica Bloustein Marshall

Associate News Director

Jessica Bloustein Marshall is a Capital Region native with a diverse background in multimedia news reporting and production. After earning a Masters degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University, she served as the Capital District Bureau Chief for WAMC, followed by stints at Newsweek and Time, Inc, MTV News, Mental Floss and Backstage. She returns to WAMC as Associate News Director.

She’s also a decorated competitive figure skater, writer, choral singer and mom.

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With developers in New York and Massachusetts preparing to break ground on casinos approved by voters and state-appointed commissions, and lobbying under way for more casinos in Connecticut to combat a loss of revenue they fear will come with new casinos in neighboring states, it’s all but certain that there will be a sharp rise in the need for casino employees in the region’s not-too-distant future. 

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  Three-time National Champion, two-time Olympian and NBCSports commentator Johnny Weir was in Albany last weekend for a meet and greet with skaters and fans at the Empire State Plaza. WAMC's Jessica Bloustein Marshall caught up with him while he was there.

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Many Gen-Xers and Millennials are caught between a rock and a hard place when it comes to the cost of higher education. How are new parents are coping with the rising cost of a college education for their children, while still saddled with their own school debts?

In the year 2030, the average sticker price for a year at a private university could be as much as $130,428. That’s according to recent projections by loan-handlers Campus Partners. Their outlook is pretty bleak for public universities too—which could cost a whopping $41,228 per year.

  The Peace Corps has revealed its enrollment numbers for 2014, and several areas in our region have ranked high on their lists of volunteer-producing locations. 

On the weekend of November 15th, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hosted its very first Hackathon – a weekend-long design and developer competition drawing over 500 engineering students from around the country.

The idea was to create something from nothing in 24 short hours, using imagination, innovation, and maybe a little bit of caffeine. Hackathon competitions are a growing trend in the United States and the United Kingdom, and have become a very viable way for companies to recruit future employees.

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From a small country club in his Columbia County hometown of Kinderhook, Chris Gibson easily slid to victory over Democratic challenger Sean Eldridge, 65 percent to 35 percent. The win earns the incumbent a third term in Congress.

As John Mellencamp’s “Small Town” blared over speakers, those in attendance at his victory party lauded the retired Army colonel  as a hometown hero. Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett, a Republican, says Gibson’s work to bring funding to the district, and his attention to the district’s needs, was what won his support.

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Hoffman’s Playland in Colonie, New York, is closing this weekend after 62 years. The beloved kiddie park has been a summer destination for three generations of Capital Region residents. Jessica Bloustein Marshall spoke with park owner Dave Hoffman earlier this summer. He says it all started with his grandfather, who bought a parcel of land 6 miles outside of Albany in the 1930s to start a farm.

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Greg Haymes of Nippertown.com is here with his early fall musical selections.

1. Frank Jaklitsch and Friends, "Singer of Song" from the album Good Things, playing at Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival at Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa Saturday at 2:25.

2. Michael Jerling, "The Hard Stuff" from his latest album Halfway Home, playing at Art in the Park at Congress Park in Saratoga Springs Saturday at 3.

3. Mirk, "Forbidden Love" from their album Love, playing at LarkFest on Lark Street in Albany Sept. 20 at .

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This week, the president of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, announced that the all-female liberal arts college has revised its admission policy to include transgender students. The move makes it the second single-sex institution in the country to do so, following a similar policy change by the all-female Mills College near San Francisco in August.

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Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley has implemented a formal policy regarding the admission of transgender students. 

During the college's annual Convocation address on Tuesday, President Lynn Pasquerella announced that the all-women's  institution  now welcomes applications from transgender students who identify as female. 

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