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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The Rivers Casino project will move ahead with its current design after the city of Schenectady gave approval Wednesday night, though one controversial aspect remains a sticking point.

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According to the Warren County Sheriff's Office, emergency officials responded to a call at approximately 8:17  Saturday evening about a missing swimmer near the Sheppard's Park area of Lake George.

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Days after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed legislation that would have made it more difficult for a Hasidic Jewish village to expand, the governor allegedly received campaign donations from the community.

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One key tourist town in our region says a new fireworks law is a dud. The Village of Lake George is pushing Warren County to reconsider participating in New York’s law allowing small fireworks. Meanwhile, other communities across the state may face their own challenges.


A vast majority of New York State Assemblymembers this week sent letters to General Electric and Governor Andrew Cuomo asking for more PCB removal along the Hudson River.

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An environmental organization known for its advocacy and work on the Hudson River is beginning work on the Mohawk. WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard took a step aboard Riverkeeper's floating laboratory on Wednesday...

On a dreary morning, Riverkeeper's boat, the R. Ian Fletcher, is docked along Amsterdam's Riverlink Park. Riverkeeper has begun been patrolling the Mohawk as it takes a snapshot of the river's water quality.

Riverkeeper Captain John Lipscomb said the Mohawk River has a somewhat dirty reputation.

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A Saratoga County couple has been arrested on charges related to allegedly repeatedly sexually abusing two children.

As part of Saratoga Springs’s Centennial Celebration, fans will be able to experience a day at the races free of charge this August.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing legislation to crack down on illegal gun trafficking.

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Atop Saratoga County's Mt. McGregor, in the foothills of the Adirondacks, is the yellow house known as Grant's Cottage. The building is where former U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant spent the last six weeks of his life.

Sitting next to a complex that was most recently used as a prison, but was once mountain top resort, the building is now owned by the State of New York. A staff of volunteers runs tours and programs at the site.