Lucas Willard

Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief/Weekend Host

Lucas Willard graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. He also attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in 2010, where he studied audio and multimedia storytelling.  Prior to joining WAMC in 2011, Lucas worked with the Sound and Story Project of the Hudson Valley, the Big Shed Audio Documentary Podcast, the Albany Broadcasting Company, WDVL & WCVF-FM Fredonia, and WSUC-FM Cortland.  

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Two passengers on the boat that collided with another vessel on Lake George, killing an 8-year-old girl in July 2016, have been sentenced.

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The City of Schenectady has introduced a new set of tools designed to assist buyers in rehabilitating vacant properties. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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The City of Troy has announced a re-development project for a downtown corner.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published the thousands of public comments it received on its second five-year review of the Hudson River Superfund project.

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When boaters visit Lake George, they’re required to have their vessels inspected before entering the water to protect against the spread of invasive species. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports on the program’s latest results.

A New York task force focused on combatting pollution caused by single-use plastic bags has submitted recommendations to Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers.


Flooding has been reported in several communities after ice jams clogged rivers and sent waters over their banks.

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Ice, sleet, and snow are affecting the region today before temperatures plunge below zero tonight.

The City of Cohoes has chosen a non-profit to administer fire relief funds to residents affected by the blaze that tore through Remsen Street in late November.

Longtime Glens Falls newspaper writer Maury Thompson retired last fall after 21 years at the Post-Star. Now, at age 59, he’s beginning a new chapter as a freelance writer and is working on a book about Glens Falls native Charles Evans Hughes, who was not only revered for his lengthy political career, but also for his facial hair.

WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard caught up with Thompson at a recent event in Glens Falls. He asked Thompson how his latest project compares to his work over the last two decades.

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Vermont environmental officials are reviewing a draft report submitted by company Saint-Gobain into soil and groundwater pollution found in Bennington. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended a meeting Tuesday night where officials provided details on next steps.


The village of Hoosick Falls has voted to file two lawsuits related to the contamination of water supplies with the chemical PFOA.


With the recent cold snap increasing the demand for home heating fuel, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he is looking into numerous reports of late deliveries and possible price gouging from propane suppliers.

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A plan to build a permanent emergency homeless shelter in Saratoga Springs has gotten the green light after months of delays. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief LucasWillard was at Monday night’s decisive meeting.

A major upgrade will be completed at a Capital Region airport with the help of a state grant.

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In the week following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, members of the administration are fanning out across New York to deliver smaller, regional presentations of the Democrat’s priorities for 2018. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended one in Glens Falls this morning.

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Vermont environmental officials will hold meetings Tuesday to provide the latest information to Bennington-area residents about the PFOA contamination of local water supplies and the ongoing response. 

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Restaurant workers are planning to rally Monday against a proposal by Governor Andrew Cuomo to examine the elimination of tip credits in New York.


Greenwich Town Supervisor Sara Idleman is running for New York's 21st House District.

A North Adams man has been accused of murdering his wife.

A former Roman Catholic priest has pleaded guilty to felony sexual assault charges.

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Several workers at General Electric’s power systems plant in Schenectady and research lab in Niskayuna will be laid off.

Leaders in Schenectady kicked off 2018 Tuesday night. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, Schenectady has a new city council president, a new city court judge, and an agenda for the new year.

A water main has broken in the City of Cohoes on Saratoga Street. Mayor Shawn Morse shared details about the break with WAMC's Lucas Willard on Monday morning.


Tomorrow, Saratoga Springs will have a new mayor. Democrat Meg Kelly, who for the last year-and-a-half has served as Deputy Mayor under outgoing Democrat Joanne Yepsen, will remain in city hall as mayor for her first two-year term.

WAMC’s Lucas Willard asked Kelly about her work that will continue into 2018.

Dr. Alan Chartock on WAMC's Midday Magazine program on Saturday, December 30, 2017.

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Two men are facing murder charges in the killings of four people, including two children, in the upstate New York community of Troy.

The National Weather Service has provided snow accumulation forecasts for the Northeast. Images uploaded 8:30 a.m. 12/24/17.