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.


12:27 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

The Vote: The State of the Absentee Ballot

Credit Christopher Chen-Lumachrome/Flickr

University at Albany sophomore Jamie Zeno isn’t sure his absentee ballot was counted in last year’s presidential election. He’s from the Upstate New York County of Chenango, between Binghamton and Utica.

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Vox Pop
8:56 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Women in STEM: A Conversation with RPI President Shirley Jackson

Credit RPI

For women today, the opportunities to achieve success is a career in science, technology, engineering and math—or STEM—are undoubtedly greater than they were decades ago. But recent studies and events show American women still face more hurdles and challenges than their male counterparts today. And recently, a Brown University Professor called attention to an alarming lack of Wikipedia entries for influential female scientists. WAMC’s Jessica Bloustein Marshall spoke to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson about women in STEM careers.

New York News
12:30 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Video Game Industry Booming In Northeast

Credit By Ron Davis (God of Thunder (videogame) by Adept software, 1993) [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons

  I don’t know much about video games. I’m not much for playing them. But I nodded my head as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute sophomore Jon Ota described to me the video game he and his fellow classmates created.

I’m seriously impressed by Ota’s game, called Hangeki. It was designed and developed from scratch as part of his studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Games and Simulations Arts and Sciences program, and Ota’s team was showing it off to me before RPI’s annual Entrepreneur of the Year awards ceremony.

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New York News
12:20 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Albany Ranks Among Top Best-Dressed Small Cities

Ahh, Albany, New York. The seat of state government. A center of burgeoning nanotechnology research.  And an icon of the fashion world.


Albany? One of the best-dressed small cities in America? That’s the word according to a new survey by the nationwide real estate company Movoto, which ranked Albany No. 7, alongside the couture-conscious small cities of Santa Monica, California, Boca Raton, Florida, and Evanston, Illinois.

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New York News
12:07 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Ellis Pledges Support To Sheehan In Albany Mayor's Race

Credit Composite image by Dave Lucas/WAMC

  Corey Ellis’s Central Avenue headquarters were relatively quiet Tuesday night as election returns came in. Volunteers worked diligently, despite polls predicting an inevitable loss. They called polls all over the city, practically whispering, as President Obama’s address played on a television in the background.

There was a palpable disappointment in the air when Ellis’s opponent, City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan, declared victory from across town. But as soon as Ellis arrived at his HQ after calling Sheehan to concede, the mood lightened.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Essay: Moving the Nest

Babies are game-changers. When you have one, your home is no longer a crash pad. It’s a nest. When I delivered my first child seven months ago, I was living in a smallish two-bedroom apartment in Queens. In the months leading up to my daughter’s birth, we spent days meticulously acquiring and setting up baby gear. We decorated, baby-proofed and organized. I spent hours researching new parent groups, parent-baby classes, the best neighborhood parks and baby-friendly restaurants in our neighborhood.

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New York News
4:07 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Capital Region Music Icon Dies at 60

David Griggs-Janower, Albany Pro Musica


There’s a mournful tune playing this week in the Capital Region’s musical community. David Griggs-Janower, who died Sunday from complications of a stroke, was the face of choral music in the region for decades.

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