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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34 workers in Schenectady are losing their jobs as General Electric has announced it will stop manufacturing a high-tech battery.

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Computer chip manufacturer GlobalFoundries invited members of the public in for an open house this week. While the community got a taste of what goes on at the Saratoga County Fab 8 site, local reporters had a chance to meet with company leadership.

A local brewery is making another push on social media to "free the moose" as it fights a legal battle brought on by a different brewery in Canada.

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A new space under construction in Troy promises to be upstate New York's first incubator aimed at developing startups in the creative economy.

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At a crowded meeting last night in Saratoga Springs, local residents and members of the city council heard presentations on two competing designs for a downtown parking garage.

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Recently reported layoffs at GlobalFoundries’ facilities in New York come at the same time the company is celebrating a new investment in Vermont.

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One of the most closely watched factors in the Saratoga Springs elections Tuesday was the role of Saratoga PAC. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports that some are calling the PAC the biggest loser of the bunch.

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After eight years, the city of Amsterdam will have a new mayor. As WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports, Republican challenger Mike Villa ousted incumbent Democratic mayor Ann Thane on election night.

Joanne Yepsen declares victory in Saratoga
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All incumbents seeking re-election in Saratoga Springs held on to their seats for another two-year term, including Democratic mayor Joanne Yepsen.

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It will be a busy election night in Saratoga Springs. With four contested races for City Hall and the introduction of the city's first Political Action Committee, WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard takes a look at what's at stake.